FIFA suspends Indonesia ahead of World Cup Qualifiers
ABS-CBN Sports on May 31, 2015 10:24 AM
The Indonesian national football team may be out of international action for a bit. (via Associated Press Images)
More controversy surrounds the football world, but this time, it’s FIFA handing out the sanctions, as the world’s governing body for football decided to suspend Indonesia from international football competition, as reported by the Agence France-Presse.
The decision was passed last Saturday, May 30 and it came after Indonesian government had tried to oust the country’s football association.
The issues came about when the Indonesian authorities began taking over the activities of the Football Association of Indonesia (more commonly known as PSSI). The PSSI and the sports ministry of Indonesia got into a disagreement last April, resulting in the ministry freezing all of the PSSI’s activities, as well as revealing that they were setting up a body to eventually replace the association.
FIFA disapproves of the government interfering in the activities of the country’s football associations, and backed the PSSI up, giving Jakarta a May 29 ultimatum to let the association be or face a ban from international football.
The ban comes just weeks before the Indonesian national football team was set to compete in the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.
"All Indonesian national teams (national or club) are prohibited from having international sporting contact which includes participating in FIFA and AFC competitions,” said a FIFA spokesperson.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the other hand, had his sights set on the future, saying that he didn’t matter if they were not part of international competitions for the time being, as long as they could win big in the future, according to a quote from the Jakarta Post newspaper. "I'm confident when the reforms are made, we will be moving forward." Widodo added.
HT: Agence France-Presse, Channel News Asia