Thursday, April 08, 2010


More about Choi

Indonesian Super League officials have rejected suggestions that they reacted slowly to an alleged on-pitch brawl that left a South Korean player bloodied and needing stitches when Persiwa Wamena hosted Persisam Samarinda in Papua on Saturday.

Joko Driyono, chief executive of league administrator PT Liga Indonesia (PTLI), said the matter was already before the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) disciplinary committee. “We’re taking the case very seriously. The committee will hold a meeting on the case on Thursday [today]. I hope it can respond quickly,” Joko said.

The match spiraled into chaos after Persiwa’s Immanuel Padwa scored the only goal six minutes from full time, with the visitors claiming he had been offside.

Persisam coach Hendri Susilo claimed his squad was attacked by Persiwa players and officials as they disputed the referee’s decision. Manager Agus Setiawan was the first to approach the fourth official, only to be set upon by a Persiwa official then other players and officials from the bench. South Korean player Choi Dong-soo was ganged up on, Hendri claimed, with the attack leaving him with both eyes swollen and needing six stitches above his left eye.

Persisam has reported the incident to the PTLI and Wamena Police. Hendri said the head of police accompanied the club to the Wamena district hospital in the middle of the night to perform forensic medical examinations.

“We urge the PTLI and PSSI to investigate the matter thoroughly. This kind of behavior is what has been disrupting Indonesian football’s development,” Agus said.

PTLI secretary Tigorshalom Boboy said the process may have seemed slow as officials had to check reports from the match commissioner and referee, media reports, photos and video before taking the case to the disciplinary committee.

PSSI secretary general Nugraha Besoes said it had received an official report from the PTLI.

“We’re very concerned as the case involved a foreign player. We’ve received an official letter from the PTLI, and we’ve talked with them,” he said. “We can’t give a verdict as it’s a disciplinary matter and all parties claim they’re right. It will be handed to the disciplinary committee.”

The South Korean Embassy in Jakarta said it had not received a report, but spokesman Kim Hyun-ki said: “We will contact Persisam and Mr. Choi to get a full explanation on this matter.”

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