PSSI Clarifies News of 2 Indonesians Arrested by Malaysia Police



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaTwo supporters of the Indonesian football team were reportedly detained by the Malaysian Police after the match between Indonesia and Malaysia for the 2020 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday night, November 19. They were still undergoing questioning.

    Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) chief Mochamad Iriawan alias Iwan Bule announced that based on the report as of Wednesday morning, November 20, the two Indonesian citizens, Rifki and Ian, were still detained at Sungai Besi Police Station, Kuala Lumpur until the forensic examination on their cellphones was released.

    “According to Sungai Besi Police, the forensic result is out at least next week and if they are clear and clean, they will be freed,” said Iwan Bule via Whatsapp messaging to Tempo.

    The arrest allegedly followed the detainment of one Indonesian citizen named Andree for his Facebook post. The two supporters reportedly willing to help by providing statements related to the account’s owner, but they were secured too.

    Iwan Bule added that his side was still coordinating with Malaysian Police regarding the case. He also kept in touch with supporters there and monitored the handling of the case of Semarang resident who was attacked and robbed on Wednesday morning.

    Malaysian online media Berita Harian reported that the police nabbed 41 supporters after the Tuesday night’s match, including 14 from Indonesia. Cheras Police chief Mohamed Zon said they were released immediately after the documentation process.

    In the fifth match of the 2020 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, the Indonesian team lost to the host at 2-0. Garuda Team was placed at last in the Group G standings for its five loses in five matches.