Indonesian government suspends PSSI

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The PSSI met this weekend in an Extraordinary Congress

The Indonesian government has suspended the country’s Football Association () through the Minister of Youth and Sport, declaring that the federation has ignored and violated policy.

The move comes after the PSSI ignored three warning letters sent by Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi over the past week. The Ministry’s actions have continued despite complaints from FIFA, who have threatened banning the Southeast Asian country as a result of government interference.

“We have sent three warning letters before taking this decision,” said Deputy Minister Gatot Dewa Broto, “The suspension is for all sports activities carried out by PSSI.”

The sanctions, which went into effect on Friday, revoked all official recognition of PSSI activities by the government, who intend to form a transitional team to manage Indonesian football-related activities.

“PSSI was clearly proven to have ignored and violated the government policy through those warning letters,” read a separate statement from the Sports Ministry.

The dispute erupted when the PSSI halted the (ISL) twice since the beginning of this year after a disagreement with the Indonesian Board of Professional Athletes (BOPI). The BOPI had prevented two clubs, Arema Cronus and Persebaya Surabaya, from participating in the ISL this season by declaring their failure to meet club legality requirements.

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