Connect to share and comment

Football: Cameroonian's death highlights Indonesia crisis

It was the dream of sporting glory that drew talented Cameroonian striker Salomon Bengondo to Indonesia -- but his story ended in poverty, illness and an untimely death, in a country failing to pay its footballers. The withholding of wages by Indonesian clubs has reached "catastrophic proportions" according to international players' union FIFPro -- and Bengondo is the second foreign player known to have died after going unpaid.

Football: Cameroonian's death highlights Indonesia crisis

It was the dream of sporting glory that drew talented Cameroonian striker Salomon Bengondo to Indonesia -- but his story ended in poverty, illness and an untimely death, in a country failing to pay its footballers. The withholding of wages by Indonesian clubs has reached "catastrophic proportions" according to international players' union FIFPro -- and Bengondo is the second foreign player known to have died after going unpaid.

Football: 'We're a mess', Indonesia admits after fine

Indonesian football is in "such a mess" that nothing will be done to address the issue of unruly crowds at international games despite the country being fined $15,000, an official admitted Tuesday. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Monday fined the Indonesian association over several matches at which fans let off fireworks and threw plastic bottles and paper cups onto the pitch.

Indonesian striker gets life ban for punching referee

(Reuters) - Indonesia's Pieter Rumaropen, who punched a referee in the face during a Super League match at the weekend, was banned for life by the country's football association (PSSI) on Wednesday. The PSSI disciplinary committee arrived at the decision after watching video footage of the incident and going through the match referee's report, said a statement on the Super League website (www.ligaindonesia.co.id).

Football: Indonesian given life ban for punching referee

An Indonesian player was handed a life ban Wednesday for punching a referee in the face, with officials saying the outburst of violence had "tarnished the image of Indonesian football". It was the first life ban for a player in the country since 2008, and adds to the woeful state of football in Southeast Asia's biggest nation as it tries to recover from a crisis which saw rival federations running separate leagues. The violence erupted when Pieter Rumaropen's side, Persiwa Wamena, were 1-1 against Pelita Bandung Raya in a Super League match on Sunday.

Football: Indonesia side mulls cup pullout after HK chaos

Cash-strapped Indonesian football club Persibo was Thursday deciding whether to withdraw from the AFC Cup after a "shameful" performance in Hong Kong when they ran out of players, forcing the match to be abandoned. The game against Sunray Cave JS Sun Hei on Tuesday was called off in the 65th minute with the Indonesians trailing 8-0 after six of their players had gone off the pitch with injuries. The club only had 12 players available for the match, with some having left after the side's major shareholder stopped paying the team and staff in January, and others suspended.

Football: Indonesia leagues unite to avoid sanctions

Two rival football federations in Indonesia agreed Sunday to unite, three days before a deadline set by world governing body FIFA. "The unification of leagues will begin in 2014," the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) chief Djohar Arifin Husin told a press conference after a congress in Jakarta. "The FIFA and AFC (Asian Football Confederation) delegations are very satisfied with the (congress) decisions. God willing, Indonesia will be free from FIFA sanctions," he said.

Soccer-Complaints continue as Indonesian FA sack general secretary

Feb 28 (Reuters) - The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) sacked its secretary general, local media reported on Thursday, the latest controversial twist in a two-year struggle for power that shows no sign of abating. Six of the 11 PSSI executive committee members met on Wednesday and opted to remove Halim Mahfudz and replace him with Hadiyandra, the Jakarta Post reported.

Football: Rival Indonesian leagues pledge to resolve row

Two rival football federations in Indonesia have promised to resolve their differences to avoid looming FIFA sanctions which include a ban on playing international matches, an official said Wednesday. Football in Southeast Asia's biggest nation has been mired in scandal for the past two years, with the competing administrations angering the game's world body by running separate leagues and failing to meet several deadlines to unite.

Soccer-Rival Indonesian factions agree to hold congress

Feb 19 (Reuters) - The rival factions whose power struggle has left Indonesian soccer in crisis have agreed to hold a joint congress in Jakarta next month to settle their differences, the sports minister said. The near two-year battle for power between the Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) and the Indonesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI) has resulted in the populous Southeast Asian nation having two domestic leagues and two national teams.
Syndicate content