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INDONESIA: Michael Essien Spared Jail Over Workpermit Violation

By Published April 19, 2017

Ex-Ghana International and Chelsea FC footballer, Michael Essien has been spared jail term and banned from lacing his boots for his new club Persib Bandung after it emerged they failed to meet work permit requirements following a bungled processing.

Essien and another English player, Carlton Cole face were facing the prospect of a five year jail term for inadvertently breaking Indonesian immigration laws that prevent foreign nationals from working in the country without the relevant documentation.

Essien and Cole moved to Persib Bandung football club earlier this year, the club admitted it failed to make the submission of their work permit application before the deadline. This meant that the players, who have made appearances for the club have done so illegally.

Persib Bandung officials maintain they were given ‘special’ permission for Essien and Cole to play whilst the necessary administrative functions were performed.

“That they are here is a joy for us, they want to raise up Indonesia’s name in the world. Everybody knows that Essien is a world-class player, not an illegal immigrant.”

A spokesperson for the immigration authorities was quoted by a British newspaper saying: “They are professionals so they must hold a permit to perform activities in Indonesia."

On Tuesday, Indonesian authorities banned Michael Essien and Carlton Cole from playing until they get work permits sparing them the prospect of jail.

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