| JAKARTA (30 June 2009) – Newly-crowned Indonesian Super League (ISL) 2008/2009 champions Persipura Jayapura face possible sanctions following their walk-out in the final of the Copa Dji Sam Soe Indonesia 2009 at the Gelora Sriwijaya in Palembang on Sunday.
Persipura were up against hosts Sriwijaya FC as they chase for the grand double and where 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.
Hinca Panjaitan, the head of PSSI (FA of Indonesia) Disciplinary Committee, said that the walk-out is a serious matter and where the committee will have a meeting tomorrow to decide on the next course of action.
“We will discuss the issue in the meeting tomorrow as at the moment, we are still gathering all the evidence,” said Hinca.
Controversy erupted at the half hour mark 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 offence is very serious and this walk-out is far more severe than the one committed by Persib Bandung recently,” added Hinca.
“The sanction might just be on the individual or also the club. We will study the case and if we have all the evidence, there will not be a need to bring in witnesses.”