Indonesia will still be able to compete in the football competition of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore despite the nation being suspended by FIFA on Saturday (30/5).FIFA’s move against Indonesia was confirmed by PSSI deputy chairman HincaPandjaitan on the association’s website on Saturday.The banprohibites Indonesia to compete in world football and makes the national side ineligible for June matches that are qualifiers for both the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup.
The world governing body sanctioned the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) on the grounds of government interference in the country’s football affairs.FIFA took action against Indonesia following a row between the country’s government and the football association which has resulted in the cancellation of the 2015 Indonesian Super League (ISL) season.
Previously, Indonesia was given until May 29 to resolve the problem but when the deadline passed, FIFA’s executive committee invoked the suspension.The Indonesian Professional Sports Agency (BOPI), sanctioned by the ministry, wanted Persebaya Surabaya and Arema Indonesia teams blocked from playing but PSSI resisted.
While reported from Jakarta, the Indonesian government claimed that FIFA’s decision to suspend it should not be “mourned excessively” and authorities were now focused on reforming the country’s crisis-wracked football. Despite the restriction of world football, the national team will still be able to participate in the football tournament at the Southeast Asian Games, which is just getting under way.
The sports ministry has insisted that taking on the PSSI, which has long been dogged by allegations of corruption and mismanagement, was a necessary step to clean up Indonesian football, which has for years been beset by crises.
“The Executive decided to suspend the Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) with immediate effect and until the PSSI would be able to comply with its obligations under arts. 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes,” FIFA announced on Saturday.”However, and as an exceptional measure, the national team would be allowed to continue their current participation in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.”
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is one of six regional federations that make up FIFA, and the ban means Indonesia will no longer be able to participate in the AFC Cup, the region’s premier football tournament. PSSI also loses its FIFA membership rights and its members and officials will not benefit from any FIFA and AFC development programs or training, the spokesman said.
The Indonesians were in Group F of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers along with Southeast Asian neighbors Thailand and Vietnam. 2007 Asian Cup winners Iraq and Chinese Taipei are the other teams in the group.