Persik Unhappy With Dismissal From League


JANUARY 14, 2015

Jakarta. East Java side Persik Kediri has slammed as unfair its dismissal from the Indonesian Super League, the top-tier football competition in the country, but says it has no choice but to comply.

Liga Indonesia, the league administrator, dropped both Persik and Papua’s Persiwa Wamena from the upcoming ISL season on Monday on the grounds that both clubs failed to meet financial and facility requirements.

“I have to say it’s not fair decision as we’re not involved in the process, but we accepted the decision,” Persik assistant manager Rudy Hermanto said on Tuesday.

“I still don’t know what our next plan is. We need more time to discuss before making any statement.”

Rudy conceded that Persik had been experiencing financial trouble, including failing to pay players’ salaries last season, but said the club was “working on it.”

The league administrator has given Persik and Persiwa an ultimatum for the new season that starts next month: either join the second-tier Premier Division, or skip this year’s competition altogether and rejoin in 2016, also in the Premier Division.

“We recommend those options,” said league secretary Tigorshalom Boboy.

“It’s up to them if they want to appeal to the federation,” he added, referring to the Indonesian Football Association, or PSSI.

“We made the decision because we thought it would be better for them and for Indonesian football,” Tigor said.

“We’re in process of turning the league into a real professional competition. In our opinion, it will be hard for them to compete in the ISL because they suffered from financial problems last season.”

Meanwhile, Persija Jakarta continues to stake its claim for ISL title contention by signing new players, most recently Stefano Lilipaly. Lilipaly, with prior experience playing in the Netherlands and Japan, is expected to take up a striking or attacking midfield position.

“I’ve had several offers from European clubs this season, but I chose Persija,” Lilipaly said.

“I want to play in Indonesia because I want to get called up by the Indonesian national team.”