Former All-Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) member Farid Rahman has claimed Sunday’s much-trumpeted extraordinary congress to resolve the problems in domestic football administration involved illegal practices and should be reconvened.
Indonesia seemingly appeared set to avoid the threat of suspension by FIFA after an agreement was reached on Sunday to merge the country’s rival domestic leagues. Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, at one stage had two national teams and still has two rival domestic leagues through the dispute that dated back to April 2011. The dispute has long concerned FIFA, which has threatened punishment but has offered multiple extensions to reform deadlines.
The FIFA-sanctioned PSSI has been feuding with the breakaway Indonesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI). However, a PSSI special congress meeting saw the KPSI agree to return to its rival, with a deal reached to merge the Indonesian Super League (ISL) and Indonesian Premier League (IPL) by 2014. However, Rahman told Reuters the meeting had not followed agreed procedure signed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the PSSI and KPSI and witnessed by FIFA. Rahman and five of his colleagues left Sunday’s meeting after attempts were made by PSSI chairman Djohar Arifin Husein to add further points to the agenda after the agreed matters had been discussed. Rahman said: “The agenda in the booklet is different from the agenda agreed in the MoU. It is not legal. It is a mess, embarrassing for Indonesia.”
Rahman has written to FIFA on behalf of himself and his five colleagues, asking for action against what he claims is a violation of statutes. Rahman said the six had been fired for walking out of the congress but felt that their departure was necessary to avoid a possible FIFA ban. “We stepped out because we wanted to save Indonesian football from a ban,” Rahman added. “We are happy that Indonesia is not going to be suspended but we think they should redo it (the congress).”