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Jakarta Post

Editorial: Welcome LPI

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, January 8 2011   /  11:30 am

Starting today, soccer fans nationwide will have an alternative league with the kick-off of the Indonesian Premier League (LPI) at Manahan Stadium in the Central Java city of Surakarta, featuring host Solo FC and star-studded Persema Malang. The competition has sparked controversy, with the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) branding the new professional league fielding 19 clubs as illegal because it would be held without the national soccer body’s consent. The LPI, backed by businessman Arifin Panigoro, was initiated after the national soccer congress in Malang, East Java, in April last year due to concerns about the continuing poor run of Indonesian teams at the international level. PSSI justifies its rejection of the rival league based on the 2005 law on national sports, which stipulates that organizers of a sports event that may attract crowds must obtain a recommendation from ...