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Jakarta Post

Fans, expert OK with soccer league delay but warn against further postponement

  • Dicky Christanto 

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Signage of Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI).(Kompas.com/Kompas.com)

Despite the National Police’s decision not to issue a permit for Indonesia’s top-tier and second-tier soccer leagues, Liga 1 and 2, to resume on Thursday, a sport expert and a fan coordinator said they were fine with the move but expected strict health protocols to safeguard all soccer stakeholders once the leagues kicked off. “This hasn’t been an easy decision for all soccer stakeholders to digest, but given the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, we must prioritize people’s lives. Hopefully, we all can see the leagues play again in November,” Djoko Pekik Irianto, a sports expert from Yogyakarta State University, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. He then expected the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) and organizers to use the time to perfect a strict health protocol in order to safeguard all soccer stakeholders, including spectators  if th...