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Persija Jakarta boss defends decision to select Marko Simic after assault charges laid against striker

Marko Simic
Marko Simic played a full match against the Newcastle Jets just hours after facing charges over an alleged assault of a woman.

Persija Jakarta coach Ivan Kolev has defended the decision to play striker Marko Simic in their AFC Champions League qualifier against Newcastle just hours after he faced charges over an alleged assault of a woman on the flight from Bali.

Simic, 31, faced Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday morning accused of common assault and an act of indecency on board Sunday's international flight to Sydney.

His case was adjourned to April 9 and he was released on conditional bail, which reportedly included...

Newcastle Jets beat Persija Jakarta to advance in Asian Champions League qualifier

Matthew Ridenton of the Newcastle Jets celebrates a goal with team mates
Matthew Ridenton celebrates his goal.

Newcastle Jets skipper Nigel Boogaard and substitute Matthew Ridenton were the extra-time heroes as the Jets beat Indonesian club Persija Jakarta 3-1 in the Asian Champions League qualifier at McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday night.

Boogaard struck in the 101st minute when Ben Kantarovski's header from a corner found him unmarked at the far post. Ridenton then kicked off celebrations in the 120th minute with a header off a Nick Cowburn free kick.

The visitors' best chance to take the lead came...

 By John Duerden

Indonesia need more superstars like Michael Essien for 2018 season

After making the 2016 final, Indonesia will fancy their chances at November's AFF Suzuki Cup, which will introduce a new home-and-away format for the group stage.

But ASEAN success is just one of the hopes for Southeast Asia's most populous nation.

Here are five 2018 football wishes for Indonesia.

1. More big names

The build-up to the 2017 Indonesia Liga One season was sent into the stratosphere by the arrival of five world stars. Michael Essien, Didier Zokora, Mohamed Sissoko, Peter Odemwingie,...


Bukit Jalil Stadium to mark football opening with three-nation Super Cup

Kuala Lumpur's renovated Bukit Jalil National Stadium reopens to football fans next month with a three-team Super Cup tournament featuring clubs from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Work started last year, but was temporarily halted as the stadium reopened for August's Southeast Asia (SEA) Games before further renovations were carried out.

The upgrade has come in time for the venue's 20th anniversary, having been constructed for the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

The stadium forms part of KL Sports...