Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Stop Making Sense

It's not often things make sense in Indonesian football but for Persija to 'host' PSPS yesterday in Samarinda did.

Persija of course are not being allowed to play games in Jakarta following the deaths of three fans at their recent home game against Persib and while PSPS was never going to be a high risk game with large numbers of travelling fans, the security officials, rather than actually do their job, preferred to just say niet. Non. Nein.

Indonesian clubs are 'paired' which means that two teams will pretty much follow the same fixture list. Persija's partner is PSPS and with both clubs playing in East Kalimantan it made sense, in that fuzzy Alice in Wonderland kind of way, to add a couple of days to their stay and play each other.

That way the game could be played and everyone could move on to the next disaster.

Persija won 4-0 in the game played behind closed doors with Pedro Javier scoring a hat trick, Bambang Pamungkas the other.

Why was it played behind closed doors? God knows. Not everything makes sense!

In yesterday's other ISL game Persiram came from behind to defeat third placed Persiwa 2-1 with the winner coming right at the end which is nice. I do like the idea of Persiwa losing in the last minute.

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