In­done­sia probes ‘il­le­gal’ for­eign play­ers

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

IN­DONE­SIA threat­ened yes­ter­day to pun­ish for­eign foot­ballers work­ing with­out proper per­mits after a watch­dog claimed scores of over­seas play­ers and coaches had il­le­gally joined lo­cal clubs.

Lo­cal watch­dog Save Our Soc­cer re­ported that 81 for­eign foot­ballers and coaches were cur­rently play­ing in the coun­try with­out the cor­rect per­mit.

A to­tal of 29 were from Brazil, while others came from a wide range of coun­tries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin Amer­ica, ac­cord­ing to the re­port re­leased last week.

It said many play­ers only had a visa on ar­rival, a 30-day per­mit for tourists, while others had busi­ness visas, de­signed for peo­ple like con­sul­tants who oc­ca­sion­ally visit the coun­try.

“There’s an in­di­ca­tion that there are il­le­gal play­ers in In­done­sia,” sports min­istry spokesper­son Ga­tot Dewa Broto said.

“We are work­ing with the im­mi­gra­tion depart­ment to in­ves­ti­gate this – this is not right.”

Once in­ves­ti­ga­tions were com­plete, those found to be in breach of the law would be pun­ished, he said, with­out re­veal­ing what form the pun­ish­ments would take.

For­eign play­ers in In­done­sia have long com­plained of be­ing treated badly by their clubs, with some cases of over­seas play­ers dy­ing after go­ing un­paid and be­ing un­able to af­ford med­i­cal treat­ment.

The news emerged as In­done­sian foot­ball re­cov­ers from a year-long FIFA sus­pen­sion due to govern­ment med­dling in the do­mes­tic league.

In­done­sia are due to make a re­turn to international foot­ball to­day with a friendly against Malaysia fol­low­ing the lift­ing of the FIFA ban in May. –

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