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19 Apr 2017

Michael Essien And Carlton Cole Banned From Playing Football In Indonesia(See Why)

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Michael Essien has been banned by the Indonesian authorities on Tuesday alongside Carlton Cole from playing until they get work permits after their new club
did not obtain the necessary documents for the ex-English Premier League players, AFP reports.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s
best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as
it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

But the government-backed Professional Sports
Agency found the players did not have the required work permits.

The club admitted they had not finished processing the paperwork for the pair before
they made their debuts in the country’s new top-flight Liga 1 at the weekend.

After calling in the players and Persib’s management for questioning, immigration
authorities said Tuesday the pair would not be able to play until they obtained the permits.

“Today we gave a strong warning to Persib in
the form of a letter saying that as long as Persib had not completed the permits, which
should be issued by the manpower ministry, we are banning Essien and Cole from playing,” said Maulia Purnamawati, the immigration chief in Bandung, the city where the club is based.

Persib said they would abide by the ban while
working to get the permits. Joko Driyono, the
secretary general of the country’s football
association, said they would help the club in
obtaining the documents.
Persib said it had sought to process the
paperwork a few days before the stars’ first match on Saturday. The permits were not ready
on time, but the football association and league organiser gave them permission to play.

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