Soccer-Indonesia soccer team allege racism from opposition fans

JAKARTA, Dec 11 - Indonesia's Persipura Jayapura
will lodge a complaint with the country's soccer authorities
for alleged racist abuse from rival supporters.

Players from the West Papuan side, who are mostly ethnic
Melanesians, attempted to confront the home Arema Malang fans
but were stopped by security guards following their 2-1 Super
League defeat on Wednesday, the Jakarta Globe reported.

"Spectators in the tribune shouted racist insults to our
players," Persipura assistant coach Anton Imbenay told the
newspaper. "We reported the case to match organisers and will
take this matter to the disciplinary committee.

"Racism is a serious case. It has no place in football."

Persipura also complained last season about racist chants
from Sriwijaya supporters in Palembang. Sriwijaya were fined
around $3,000 and received a suspended six-month ban, the
newspaper said.

(Reporting by Alastair Himmer in Tokyo. Editing by Greg
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