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Jakarta Post

Editorial: (Un)professional league

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 21 2011   /  08:00 am

On the soccer field, Indonesia’s performance remains a cause for concern, especially after three successive defeats that have virtually dashed the country’s long-held dream of playing in the World Cup.

Off the field, sadly, Indonesian soccer has apparently never been free from humiliating quarrels involving members of the national soccer elite. Over the last few weeks, the soccer community has been witnessing a spat between the Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) and a group of 14 clubs. If the dispute remains unresolved, it will jeopardize the credibility of Indonesia’s professional league.

The league kicked off Saturday with Persib Bandung hosting Semen Padang at the newly inaugurated Jalak Harupat Stadium. But the final whistle of the match only served to mark the beginning of uncertainties plaguing the competition.

The second and third match on the calend...