The president of Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) was named by judicial authorities on Wednesday as a suspect in a corruption scandal that has shaken the football in the country.
High Prosecutor General said that La Nyalla Matalitti, who was elected as the football governing body’s chief in April last year, guilty of misusing the grants of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
However, the 56-year-old angrily denied any wrongdoing which was accused to him and insisted that he will not resign from PSSI.
“I believe this allegation has something to do with my position in PSSI. I will not resign unless the voters (of PSSI) want to,” La Nyalla told iNews.
The corruption scandal broke in a midst of long-crisis springs on the country’s football following a disagreement between the sports ministry and the PSSI over clubs’ eligibility for the Indonesian Super League (ISL) last year.
The dispute between the two parties prompted FIFA to carry out its threat to ban Indonesia from international competitions in May after the government refused to lift a suspension imposed on the PSSI.