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Jakarta Post

A nightmare for Indonesian soccer

  • Damar Harsanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 22 2008   /  11:06 am

Vice President Jusuf Kalla told a joke at an Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) meeting in mid-2007: "Do you know what Marco Materazzi said to get Zinedine Zidane so irate that he head-butted him?," Kalla asked the audience. "Was it, 'You are a terrorist'?" Kalla suggested. "No, not that," he said. "'Your sister is a whore'?," he went on. "No," again. After a pause, Kalla gave his version of the story, sending the entire hall into uproar, "You belong to PSSI!" With his joke, Kalla wanted to remind PSSI bigwigs not to smear the reputation of the organization and embarrass Indonesian soccer in general. However, the call seems to have fallen on deaf ears. The same meeting concluded later with the reelection of incumbent PSSI supremo Nurdin Halid for his second term, even tho...