Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Foreign Coaches Banned
The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) flexes its muscles in the on going bitter battle with the upstart Liga Primer Indonesia. A whole host of match officials have had their licences revoked while the man whose money is bankrolling the LPI, Arifin Panigoro, has been banned from any football activities under the jurisdiction of the PSSI. Which apparently is enough for him not to be accepted as a candidate as Chairman of the PSSI in later elections.
Also being banned from any football activities under PSSI jurisdiction are four foreign coaches. They include Timo Scheneumann at Persema and Jorg Steinbrunner at Medan Chiefs. The other two are Jose Basualdo and Willy Scheepers.
The latest punishments handed down may or may not have any longetivty. Everything will depend on who takes over at the PSSI. If it's someone who is sympathetic to the LPI then these suspensions will likely be overturned. On the other hand if an ally of the current regieme assumes control then they woud likely enforce the decisions.