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Jakarta Post

Match-fixing scandal hits soccer league, police advised to step in

  • Ramadani Saputra and Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 6, 2018   /  09:08 am
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Rigged: Hidayat (right), a member of the Indonesian Soccer Association’s (PSSI) executive committee suspected of being involved in match fixing, speaks at a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.(BolaSport/M. Hary Prasetya)

A match-fixing scandal implicating Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) top brass has tarnished the country’s already tainted image in soccer.

The PSSI’s disciplinary committee sanctioned on Tuesday Hidayat, a member of the association’s executive committee, after he was found guilty of attempting to bribe Madura FC coach Januar Herwanto.

Hidayat, who announced his resignation two days before he was sanctioned, was banned from participating in any soccer-related activities for three years. He was also fined Rp 150 million (US$10,414.5) for attempting to persuade Madura FC to let PSS Sleman win a match between the two sides. The soccer clubs are both in Liga 2, the country’s second-tier soccer league.

PSSI deputy chairman Joko Driyono told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday his party would use the case as an oppor...