Thursday, February 02, 2012
Safee's Get Out Of Jail Free Card
Safee Sali has extended his deal with Pelita Jaya, reportedly making him the highest paid player in ASEAN in the process. There had been a feeling that Safee, under pressure from the Malaysian FA to play for a club in a recognised league, would return to Malaysia or even sign for a Thai team but I understand Muang Thong United baulked at his wage demands.
There is a clause in his contract that will allow him to move to another club owned by the Bakrie group if FIFA or the PSSI flick a switch and ban all players in the Indonesia Super League from playing for their country. The group own Brisbane Roar and CS Vise in Belgium.
Quite what the club managers will feel about owners dictating who to sign and who not has not been made clear. In Indonesia it is normal; elsewhere?