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FIFA nixes new PSSI senior
leaders

World soccer governing body FIFA is not recognizing the appointment of four new executive committee members by the Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI).

In a letter, a copy of which was received by The Jakarta Post on Monday, FIFA declared that it had approved three decisions made by the PSSI’s recent congress to unify local leagues, approve statutes incorporating FIFA recommendations and reinstate expelled executive committee members La Nyalla Mattalitti, Tonny Apriliani, Edwin Dwi Budiawan and Robert Rouw.

However, FIFA rejected the decision of PSSI’s congress, convened in Jakarta on March 17, to hold regular congresses in the future and to add four new executive committee members: Zulfadli, Djamal Aziz, Hardi and La Siya.

The proposed appointments led six existing executive committee members, Sihar Sitorus, Farid Rahman, Bob Hippy, Mawardi Nurdin, Widodo Santoso and Tuty Dau to walk out of the congress. The six have since been banned from PSSI activities until the next congress.

Newly reinstated executive committee member Tonny Apriliani said that such decisions did not need FIFA approval, as the congress was only implementing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the PSSI and its rival, the Indonesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI), which was disbanded after the congress.

“As we have already carried out the agenda according to the MoU, it doesn’t matter if we want to make other decisions in the congress — as long as the decisions are approved by one-third of the entire executive committee,” Tonny said.

The congress has authority to make such decisions without FIFA approval, he added.

However, commission member Bob Hippy said that making decisions other than those on the approved agenda was illegitimate.

“If they want to make other decisions that are not included in the agenda, they are supposed to discuss them at the next congress. This is an organization that has rules. We should stick to the agenda. We cannot make a decision for someone’s own interests” Bob said.

Contacted separately, Youth and Sports Minister Roy Suryo said
that he supported the guidance from the FIFA. “They should settle all these problems in June at the congress.”

PSSI is scheduled to hold an ordinary congress on June 6 in Jakarta.

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