Earlier in the week, fans in Thailand received the news that Indonesia international Irfan Bachdim had signed a two year deal with Thai Premier League (TPL) club Chonburi FC after moving from Indonesian side Persema Malang on a free transfer.
The Dutch-born naturalised Indonesian player became Chonburi's final foreign signing, following the capture of Nigerian forward Samuel Gbenga Ajayi and Montenegrin striker Ivan Boskovic.
But on Wednesday, Persema CEO Didied Poernawan Affandy dropped a bombshell as he insisted that Irfan is still contracted to the Indonesian club until October 2014.
“Until now, Chonburi have not contacted us," he told the Indonesia Premier League website in an interview.
"Ethically, if you want to buy a player, you must contact his club first. We have to follow the rule and statues.
"All administrative and International Transfer Certificate (ITC) issues must be addressed first before the signing of the contract."
Didied also acknowledged that the matter of Irfan’s transfer fee, believed to be in the region of Rp2 billion (approximately US$200 thousand), will have to be discussed with Chonburi as well.
“Yes, including that (transfer fee), both clubs have to discuss about it and I am unsure if Irfan have put pen to papers with Chonburi," he added.
Despite the uncertainty regarding Irfan’s move, Persema admit that they have received a request from the player’s representative, although they believe that it is only right for Chonburi to contact them formally.