Indonesian authorities on Tuesday banned Michael Essien and Carlton Cole from playing until they get work permits after their new club did not obtain the necessary documents for the ex-English Premier League players, AFP reports.
The two football stars were last month involved in a deal with Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs that was to boost the round leather game in Indonesia that is trying to come back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.
Former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien of Ghana (L) takes part in a ceremony announcing his joining of the Indonesian football club Persib in Bandung on March 14, 2017.
Essien has officially joined Indonesian football club Persib Bandung after months of lobbying, the club said on March 14. / AFP PHOTO / TIMUR MATAHARI
But the government-backed Professional Sports Agency found the players did not have the required work permits.
Henceforth, the duo has been disallowed from working as professional footballers in the country by the immigration.