(WFI) The Indonesian Super League is set to kick off on Saturday.
The announcement comes after a meeting between the FA of Indonesia (PSSI), league organisers PT Liga Indonesia, club representatives and DPR (People’s Representative Council) last week.
DPR also included BOPI (Board of Indonesian Professional Athletes), who had earlier denied the ISL the green light to begin the season six weeks ago due to financial issues and mismanagement of some clubs.
“We met with DPR with the hope of explaining our position especially with regards to the five or six clubs who were given a D rating by BOPI,” said Joko Driyono, CEO PT Liga Indonesia, according to the ASEAN Football Federation.
“So we are very happy that there is an understanding with the various parties to start the season.”
After nearly two hours of discussions, DPR announced that the ISL 2015 will begin on April 4, likely with 18 teams taking part.
“BOPI will give a certain allowance until mid-season for the six clubs concerned to meet the requirements which has been set,” added chairman H. M.Ridwan Hisyam.
However uncertainty remains over the participation of 2010 champions Arema Indonesia and Persebaya Surabaya who have reportedly ignored BOPI recommendations about ownership issues, Reuters reports.
PT Liga Indonesia vowed to go ahead with the 18-team league launch, while Persebaya chiefs threatened legal action against BOPI.
Last year was the first for the ISL following a merger with the rival Indonesian Premier League.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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