FIFA to decide Indonesia FA fate
FIFA will decide during its executive committee meeting on May 30 on the fate of the Indonesian football association (PSSI) after a crucial leadership vote was called off, a report said on Sunday.sports Updated: May 22, 2011 16:41 IST
FIFA will decide during its executive committee meeting on May 30 on the fate of the Indonesian football association (PSSI) after a crucial leadership vote was called off, a report said Sunday.
Rancour between supporters of rivals for the post -- two of whom had been banned from the nominations -- brought Friday's general congress to a standstill and left the national association mired in chaos.
Delegates were still arguing over who should be on the list of candidates 90 minutes into the congress and the meeting halted after more than six hours of dispute.
PSSI normalisation committee head Agum Gumelar, tasked by FIFA to contest the election after the world governing body took control of the league last month, said PSSI will "immediately write a report" of the congress.
"The world federation will make its decision based on the report," he was quoted as saying by The Jakarta Post newspaper.
Gumelar said FIFA representatives Thierry Regenass and Frank van Hattum were "disappointed with the behaviour of the congress participants and they felt embarrassed at how the participants defamed FIFA as well as PSSI".
"I asked them not to let FIFA sanction us because we all know the serious impact that we might incur," he added.
"However, let's just wait and see on May 30," Gumelar said.
FIFA could impose sanctions on Indonesia in the wake of Friday's debacle, including a possible ban on competing in World Cup qualification matches.
Indonesia were runners-up to Malaysia in Southeast Asia's AFF Suzuki Cup last December, and were successful co-hosts of the 2007 Asian Cup, but the national team's record is poor for a country of Indonesia's size.
Indonesia is 130th in the FIFA rankings -- below Ethiopia and Yemen -- and has never made the World Cup finals.
First Published: May 22, 2011 16:36 IST