Two members of PH Azkals accused of sexual harassment


MANILA, Philippines—What appeared as locker-room banter has put two members of the Philippine national football team in hot water.

Cristy Ramos, who served as match commissioner of the international football friendly pitting the Philippines and Malaysia on Wednesday, has filed a sexual harassment complaint before the Asian Football Confederation against the players.

Ramos, the daughter of former President Fidel V. Ramos who served as president of the Philippine Olympic Committee from 1997 to 1999, said she felt disrespected when she conducted the prematch inspection inside the Azkals’ dugout at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

In an interview with Sports Radio 918, Ramos alleged that “some players ridiculed her with one player disrespectfully asking for the size of her brassier, which was followed by a roar of laughter.”

Another player, Ramos alleged, appeared before her half naked during the inspection, in violation of Fifa ethical norms.

National team manager Dan Palami said he only learned about Ramos’ complaint through the media and the official never mentioned her concerns when they talked after the match.

“I asked the players and it was nothing more than banter inside the dugout,” said Palami. “It is an unfortunate incident, but there was never an intention to disrespect anyone.”

Philippine Football Federation general secretary Rolly Tulay said the PFF has already received a copy of Ramos’ incident report.

“We are conducting a parallel investigation of the alleged incident through our disciplinary committee headed by attorney Eric Ingles as we await further instruction from AFC,” Tulay said in a statement.

The national team left for Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday to see action in the AFC Challenge Cup from March 9 to 19.

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  • juan delacruz

    Good that Cristy filed the suit so at least the players will know what the limits of their behavior will be tolerated. That being said, if there was some disrespect, then some justice should be coming. However, imo, it should be just a verbal reprimand because, after all, the players’ locker room is the players’ locker room. Why can a female come in? Is that proper? Can a male official come into a female’s dressing room or locker room? There cannot be double standards. I think Cristy should have assigned a male representative to do the “ahem” inspection of the Azcals’ locker room. Besides, what the heck are they supposed to be inspecting?? That the Azcals are wearing the regulation FIFA underwear?? Come on, slap them on their wrist and move on!

  • dennis genio

    Maybe it depends upon who´s the commisioner entered that locker room(Male or Female)…Then it would probably no case of “sexual harassment” news.As Palami defend it that it was “nothing more than banter inside the dug-out” then probably a disciplinary measures shall take into consideration,depending on the degree if the accuse were guilty of intention or not an intention? It is sad to say that this incident happen.

  • dennis genio

    “Infringement of the Law of the Game?”…This word infringement was never mentioned inside the article,instead it already jumped into conclusion as “sexual harassment”…..And that´s my argue here.Kaya gusto kong lumabas talaga kung ano ang nangyari inside that dug-out or locker room.

  • renato jose rosales

    Soccer/FootBall is a gentleman’s game.Being a former booter (but still playing weekend games), and an inactive referee, may I humbly contribute my two-cents worth of knowledge and experience of the worlds’ greatest spectator sport..Madame Cristy Ramos Jalasco is well known and respected within the RP football community.The lady herself is a former national player, and holds important positions in various sports organizations (past and present, both local and international ),but mostly in the beautiful game She loves,that we all love.The two players involved in this unfortunate incident,namely Moy and Guirado should be penalized for their ungentlemanly conduct.I firmly believe, in my long experience with Football/Soccer in our country,would never have happened, if we have true-blood Filipinos playing for our Flag,considering our natural traditional sensitivities and culture that we have.I have personally seen this in local players, specifically those haling from the Visayas like Barotac Nuevo,Iligan, Dumaguete, and other provinces.This home-grown,often marginalized players, are not only skillful (just look at Caligdong and Araneta),they are respectful and humble.I’m sure, if we have true local players/talents in the national team,they will know and respect Mad.Cristy Ramos because of true Filipino sensitivities and traits.The captain(younghusband) likewise should be penalized for not taking control and reprimanding his co-players.Being the match commissioner of that game and a lady, I’m sure Madame Cristy Jalasco did her job and proper channeling, to inform the players and their managers about the rules of pre-match inspection before the game, w/c is commonly done in the dug-out or the dressing room.
    The manager/coach is also liable for this incident because of command responsibilty.I liken this incident to an actual match really.What those two specific players(Moy and Guirado) did to Mad.Jalasco is ungentlemanly conduc,an infringement of the Law of the Game.If this infringement were committed inside the pitch by both players,that to me would merit a yellow-card for each.Getting two yellow cards (that is getting a second YC)would mean a sent-off,for you would be penalized w/ a red card next,and a send-off.Well, not exactly the same as being penalized inside the pitch for receiving two YC and the subsequent RC,but the infraction if you look at it, is even worse.They committed ungentlemanly conduct, not during an actual match where passions and emotions are high,and you would at times get lost, and loose your control.I believe this happened because this so called “national(?)” players are not true gentlemen of the game, w/c reflected in this rather ugly incident.Maybe this two (Moy and Guirado)were raised in their countries (US and Spain,respectively) not to show respect to women?It’s a question of up bringing,no doubt.In summation,this two should be penalized and warned for any repetition of the same.They should also issue a public apology to Madame Jalasco.The whole team,most especially the foreigners (they don’t conduct themselves like Filipinos anyhow),shoud undergo a seminar or a refresher course on right manners and good conduct, better yet, brush-up on the finer points on the Laws of the Game, most especially on being a gentlemen/women, on and off the pitch! Madamme Cristy Ramos-Jalasco ,as always,you conduct yourself,FOR THE GOOD OF THE GAME.

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