Court cancels Sports Ministry’s suspension on Indonesian FA

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The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) has ordered the Youth and Sports Ministry to revoke their suspension on the Indonesian Football Association ().

According to the PTUN judge Ujang Abdullah, the court has overturned the Sports Minister (Menpora) decree to suspend PSSI on April 18, revealing that the Menpora’s decision – which was considered as government interference by Fifa – has violated the principle of professionalism.

“We hereby declare as void Ministry Decree no. 01307, regarding administrative sanctions on the PSSI. The decree should consequently not be recognized,” said Ujang was quoted by Antara News.

“In the decree, the sports minister did not state which articles had been violated by the plaintiff [the PSSI]. Besides that, the deadline between the warning and the sanction was too close.”

The feud between PSSI and Menpora began when the PSSI halted the Super League (ISL) twice since the beginning of this year after a disagreement with the Indonesian Board of Professional Athletes (BOPI).

BOPI previously 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.

However, the ministry has planned an appeal against the judgment as revealed by the it’s lawyer Faisal Abdullah, “We see several loopholes. We have 14 days to appeal.”