Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Persik & Persiwa Booted Out Of ISL

It has been a bitter sweet few days for Persik (pictured left). The team from East Java celebrated lifting the East Java Governor's Cup, defeating Gresik United 2-1 in the final, only to be told they would be barred from competing in the 2015 Indonesia Super League after failing the verification process. Newly promoted Persiwa also failed to meet the criteria.

You can't help but wonder just what the criteria is. Indonesian clubs are notorious for paying salaries late or not at all...why just pick on Persiwa and Persik?

Persiwa's place in the ISL had been under threat after Martapura, one of their rivals for a promotion spot, complained the Highlanders had played a player who was serving a suspension for lamping a referee during a game. There was also talk Persiwa were short of cash.

With two clubs leaving it seems the next season will feature just 18 teams.

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