Five Roma have been forced to cut their pre-season tour short and return to Italy after being denied entry to Indonesia.
The squad travelled from Australia, where they played friendlies against Real Madrid and Manchester City, and were in Indonesia on Saturday for the final stop of their tour.
The players – Seydou Doumbia and former Arsenal star Gervinho from Ivory Coast, Victor Ibarbo from Colombia, Antonio Sanabria from Paraguay and Adem Ljajic from Serbia – were refused entry on Friday night at the customs check point and later boarded a flight to Italy.
No reason was given for the refused entry and none are thought to have any criminal records.
Roma chief executive Italo Zanzi was furious with the incident, and said: “It’s an honour to be here in Indonesia but we apologise for our delay.
“We had an unfortunate situation at the airport that was very frustrating as five of our players were not allowed in the country. They are now on their way back to Rome. It’s real disappointment for us, given that we’ve made a substantial effort to be here.
“Despite some of the issues with local football, we organised AS Roma Indonesia Day 2015 and we wanted our full team to be here.”
It remains to be seen whether or not the Indonesian home office ill issue a statement explaining the mysterious decision.