AFC questions ISL clubs' player embargo on Indonesian national team

The governing body of Asian football has demanded an explanation as to why teams from the country's secondary top tier are forbidding their stars to join up with the Merah Putih
A political storm is threatening to engulf Asian football, with Indonesian players currently being barred from competing in international games.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has approached the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) over the Indonesian Football Saviour Committee (KPSI)'s player embargo on the national team.

Currently, all KPSI members in the Indonesian Super League (ISL) refuse to make their players eligible for international duty with the Merah Putih because of the issue of dualism.

Both the KPSI and the ISL blocked their players from representing Indonesia when the side played Valencia in a pre-season friendly, earlier in August.

The five that nonetheless participated, including former national-team captains Bambang Pamungkas and Ponaryo Astaman, have since received fines and warnings from their clubs.

An AFC letter addressed to PSSI president Tri Goestoro read: "We have noted various reports that certain clubs have prevented their players from representing the Indonesian national team.

"This act to bar eligible players from being called up for national team duty is a very serious contravention of the Memorandum of Understanding (June 2012) between the PSSI, ISL and KPSI."

The KPSI is yet to make their comment on the matter public.