Roma players refused entry to Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Five Roma players have been denied entry to Indonesia during the club’s preseason tour and forced to fly back to Italy.
Indonesian authorities said the Serie A players had arrived without visas at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International airport.
The squad traveled from Australia, where it had played friendlies against Real Madrid and Manchester City, and was in Indonesia on Saturday for its final stop on a preseason tour.
The players — Seydou Doumbia and Gervinho from Ivory Coast, Victor Ibarbo from Colombia, Antonio Sanabria from Paraguay and Adem Ljajic from Serbia — were refused entry on Friday night and later left their teammates to board a flight to Italy.
Roma chief executive Italo Zanzi said on the club website that “it’s real disappointment for us, given that we’ve made a substantial effort to be here” but said Indonesian fans had warmly welcomed the team.
It is Roma’s first tour of Indonesia.