FIFA takes steps to oust
Nurdin Halid

World football governing body FIFA has recommended that ex-corruption convict and Indonesian Football Association chairman Nurdin Halid be barred from running for reelection when his term ends this month, sources close to the FIFA Committee say.

The information was quoted on the worldfootballinsider.com website, after a meeting of FIFA committee at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, on Tuesday.

The extraordinary development may bring to an end Nurdin's eight-year rule, which has seen him twice lead the organization from a prison cell while serving sentences for corruption. Under his leadership Indonesia's world ranking also dropped to 129th.

Under FIFA’s code of ethics, anyone who has served prison sentences must not be allowed to hold official positions.

It is understood that the FIFA Committee meeting also recommended the PSSI stage two extraordinary congresses — one to elect an independent electoral commission in line with FIFA statutes, and another one month later to hold the elections. This should bring the PSSI into compliance with FIFA statutes, it said.

The FIFA recommendations would need to be ratified by the FIFA Exco, scheduled to meet Wednesday and Thursday, a FIFA spokesman was quoted as saying.

A press conference is expected to discuss this latest development this afternoon.

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