Two Indonesian teams kicked out of league after own-goal farce
Two Indonesian Premier League clubs have been kicked out of the league after Sunday's game that saw five own goals being deliberately conceded inside the final 10 minutes.
For the first 80 minutes of the playoff match (which was already being played behind closed doors due to violence in an earlier match between the two clubs), both PSS Sleman and PSIS Semarang stroked the ball around aimlessly in midfield, with both teams aiming to eke out a supposedly mutually beneficial goalless draw.
However, with about 10 minutes remaining, news leaked that Pusamania Borneo FC had finished second in their group -- meaning the winner of the PSS-PSIS match would have to face them in the next round of the playoffs.
With both sides desperate to avoid playing Borneo, PSS deliberately conceded two farcical own goals in quick succession to put PSIS 2-0 up with just two minutes remaining.
PSIS then rolled three own goals past their goalkeeper to hand PSS a devious 3-2 injury-time victory to ensure they came second in their group, thus avoiding Borneo in the playoffs.
However, the Indonesian Premier League was not amused at having the integrity of the league undermined in such ridiculous fashion and have since kicked both PSS and PSIS out of the league.
According to CNN Indonesia, both sides have been disqualified from the 2014 competition for at least the next two weeks while the Liga Indonesia disciplinary committee investigates.
Speaking after a hearing on Tuesday night, Liga Indonesia chairman Hinca Panjaitan also confirmed that both PSS and PSIS may even be relegated from the top tier as punishment.
"To enforce the law and keep the competition fair, PSS and PSIS have been disqualified," Panjaitan said. "They harmed the basic principles of football, which is to maintain the fairness and integrity of the game.
"It was a conspiracy that violated the principles of sport -- all players and team officials will be investigated further. If a club and its board are shown to be involved, there will be further sanctions. I do not rule out relegation."