TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Chief of the football association of Indonesia (PSSI) Comm. Gen. Mochamad Iriawan, popularly known as Iwan Bule, said FIFA’s latest sanction imposed on Indonesia is far too harsh.
The sanction comes after the Group G World Cup 2022 qualifiers at the Bukit Jalil stadium in Malaysia, November 19, 2019. At the time, a brawl sparked between football fans from both countries and saw the match end with Malaysia winning over Indonesia with 2 - 0 and a couple of injured football fans.
Through a letter dated December 23, 2019, FIFA handed a 200,000 CHF which roughly converts to Rp2.8 billion. Add that with a spectator ban on one official FIFA competition Indonesia participates in.
This would mean that Indonesia will undergo the match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Stadium for the Group G World Cup qualifiers without the presence of spectators.
“Apart from the large fine, we will not have any spectators in the match against UAE,” said Iwan Bule.
This marks the second time FIFA fined Indonesia where previously the PSSI were fined 45,000 CHF or Rp643 million due to a brawl that broke out between Malaysian and Indonesian spectators on September 5, 2019.