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Football: Arsenal to play friendly against Indonesian national team in Jakarta

Published on Jan 29, 2013 7:19 PM
 
Arsenal players celebrate after a goal against West Ham by Santi Cazorla during their English Premier League soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London, Jan 23, 2013. English Premier League club Arsenal will play a pre-season football friendly against the Indonesia national team in Jakarta despite Fifa's continued threat to ban the South-east Asian team. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - English Premier League club Arsenal will play a pre-season football friendly against the Indonesia national team in Jakarta despite Fifa's continued threat to ban the South-east Asian team.

The match will take place on July 14 at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Arsenal said on Tuesday, with the club also planning further fixtures in Asia as they continue their commercial push in the Premier League-obsessed region.

"We know that Arsenal enjoys fantastic support in Indonesia, with over 1.3 million fans connected to us by Facebook alone, and we look forward to giving our loyal fans the chance to see their heroes in action," Arsenal chief commercial officer Tom Fox said.

It will be the third year in a row that Arsenal will be conducting a pre-season tour in Asia. Manager Arsene Wenger had previously favoured taking his squad to Europe for low-key trips.