| JAKARTA (3 July 2009) – The case facing Persipura Jayapura over their walk-out in the final of the Copa Dji Sam Soe Indonesia 2009 recently has been postponed to 10 July 2009.
The Disciplinary Committee of the PSSI (FA of Indonesia) was supposed to study and decide on the case on 1 July 2009 but has since decided to postpone it to after the Indonesian Presidential election.
“We feel that it is better that we decide on the case after the Presidential Election (which will be held in Indonesia on 8 July 2009). We will still need to hear the explanations from some witnesses over the walk-out,” said Hinca Panjaitan, the chairman of the PSSI Disciplinary Committee.
Letters to invite witnesses from Persipura had already been sent out by the PSSI – among them are for Persipura strikers Ernest Jeremiah and Boaz Solossa.
Controversy erupted at the half hour mark of the final of the Copa Dji Sam Soe this year when referee Purwanto denied Persipura a penalty for what seemed to be a handball committed by Sriwijaya defender Joel Jacques Tsimi inside the box.
The incident sparked protests from the Persipura players for which Purwanto then flashed the red card on Ernest Jeremiah which in turn led Boaz Solossa to stage the walk-out.
The score at the time of the controversy was 1-0 in favour of Sriwijaya following a header from Anoure Richard Obiora in the 51st minute and where following the walk-out, referee Purwanto then awarded a comprehensive 4-0 to Sriwijaya.
“Other than the two players, we have also called the head coach for Persipura, Jacksen Ferreira Tiago, team captain Eduard Ivakdalam and striker Alberto “Beto” Goncalves as well,” added Hinca.