Indonesian Football Governing Bodies Fail To Meet FIFA Deadline, Face Suspension
Indonesia "is facing a possible suspension from world football after two rival associations failed to reunite in time for a Monday deadline" set by FIFA, according to the AFP. Indonesian FA (PSSI) Chair Djohar Arifin Husin said that a congress meeting held by his group affirmed that they "could not reconcile their differences" with the rebel Indonesian Football Rescue Committee (KPSI). The PSSI "decided to annul a Memorandum of Understanding they both signed in June where they agreed to run a single league." Husin said, "We have opened our doors, but KPSI refused to merge with us to run only one league. In fact, they went ahead to form their own football teams." KPSI chief La Nyalla Mahmud Mattalitti said that on Monday it held a separate meeting "demanding sole control over Indonesian football." He added the organization was "very happy" over the decision to annul the MoU. He said, "FIFA should ban PSSI. FIFA should know that nobody trusts in Djohar [Arifin Husin] anymore" (AFP, 12/10). The JAKARTA GLOBE reported acting Sports Minister Agung Laksono invited PSSI and KPSI representatives to a meeting on Saturday "where they agreed to hold only one congress" on Monday in Jakarta. The event was to be organized by PSSI and the attendee list created by a joint committee of both organizations. But the joint meeting in Jakarta was canceled when it emerged that the PSSI "had taken the relevant documents to Palangkaraya and was preparing to hold its own congress in the central Kalimantan capital" (JAKARTA GLOBE, 12/10).