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UAAP lifts suspension after meeting with UP coach Perasol

The UAAP announced on Monday that it is lifting the suspension on UP head coach Bo Perasol, who will now be able to call the shots in their next game against the UST Growling Tigers.

"In a meeting last 12 October 2019, UP Fighting Maroons' Head Coach Bo Perasol expressed his sincere apology towards the UAAP and its officials and showed evident humility, this Office hereby lifts the third game suspension of Mr. Perasol, therefore, he may return to his coaching duties effective immediately, including the next scheduled game of the UP Maroons," said UAAP Commissioner Jensen Ilagan.

Perasol made inappropriate gestures towards an official during a September 29 loss against the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the first round which resulted to his ejection. A day later, the UAAP imposed a three-game ban on Perasol, suspending him for the Fighting Maroons' first three games of the second round.

UP's camp appealed the suspensions, but the league ultimately upheld its decision last week, sticking with banning the coach for three games. However, Perasol and league officials were able to find common ground during their meeting over the weekend.

"Apologizing was the easier part. I'm not one who will insist justifying any wrong I've done," said Perasol. "It doesn't change a lot as far as our preparations are concerned as I was with the team all the time except in the game venue. Coach Ricky Dandan and my staff had done a tremendous job in my absence on the court. I have to commend my players, too, as they have responded very positively all through this ordeal."

Perasol already served his suspension in UP's games against Far Eastern University on October 6 and against the University of the East on October 12. With the lifting of his suspension, the coach will be available on the sidelines in the Fighting Maroons' matchup against the University of Santo Tomas on October 16.

"Mr. Perasol is hereby reminded that any further unsportsmanlike act on his part shall be dealt to the fullest extent of this Office," Ilagan said.

UP is currently in second place in the standings with a 6-3 record.