Sports Ministry Freezes PSSI

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Minister of Youth and Sports (Menpora) Imam Nahrawi finally took decisive steps to freeze the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI). The decision was taken after three warning letters sent were not taken seriously by the PSSI.

    "Its foundation is strong, SP1 (first warning letter), SP2, and SP3. The suspension is for all sports activities carried out by PSSI," said Deputy V Field Harmonization of the Youth and Sports Ministry, Gatot S. Dewa Broto, when contacted on Saturday, April 18th, 2015.

    In a decree signed by Minister Imam Nahrawi, April 17, 2015, described that until the deadline specified in the warning letter of I, II, and III, PSSI obviously proven ignored and did not comply with government policy. Based on that, the Youth and Sports Minister provides administrative sanctions by not recognizing all sports activities carried PSSI. The decision applied since the letter was assigned.

    "Later on, the minister will make a transition team," said Gatot.

    Regarding the transition, in the decree, the government will form a team to take over the rights and authority of the PSSI until the formation of a competent management is in accordance with organizational mechanisms and FIFA statutes. This team is responsible and obligated to submit reports to the Minister of Youth.

    Regarding the preparations for the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, the national football team will have to keep on going. The government, together with KONI and KOI, agreed that the two institutions together with the Indonesia Gold Program (PRIMA) will run the team preparation.

    While all matches of the Indonesian Super League (ISL) in 2015, such as of the Main Division, Division I, II, and III will be carried out as usual with KONI supervision and KOI, together with Asprov PSSI and local clubs.