FIFA suspends Indonesia for government interference

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Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI) has been suspended indefinitely by due to government interference.

The ban means no Indonesian team, including club sides, can play internationally, after Fifa considering the Youth and Sports Ministry (Menpora) had intervened into the affairs of the PSSI.

As result, Fifa decided to take action in response to a row between local government and the football association which has resulted in the cancellation of the domestic competition, which they has previously given a May 29 deadline to resolve the problem.

“The Executive decided to suspend the 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,” read a statement on Fifa’s letter.

However, and as an exceptional measure, the world football governing body insisted that the national team would be allowed to continue their current participation in the 2015 SEA Games.

The sanction came less than two weeks before Merah Putih squad were due to begin the joint qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup.