Persib players, in dark blue, take on a Malaysian all-star team in Bandung on Saturday, in a friendly that an AFC official says should not have been permitted under FIFA’s current ban on Indonesia. (Antara Photo/Novrian Arbi)

AFC to Probe Friendly Fixture in Banned Indonesia


OCTOBER 27, 2015

The Asian Football Confederation will investigate how Indonesia, banned by world football’s governing body FIFA, staged a friendly between domestic club Persib and the Malaysia All Stars on Saturday.

Persib won the televised fixture in Bandung 4-1, but the AFC’s acting general secretary, Windsor John, said it should not have taken place while Indonesia serves out a suspension for government interference in the local football association.

“Many seem to be in the dark. I was later told the Malaysian team were on a holiday,” John told the Malay Mail.

“Once a national FA is suspended, no such activities can take place. We will investigate this matter further.”

Indonesia was banned by FIFA in May after repeated warnings from the world governing body about political interference. It was kicked out of the joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying campaign as a result of the suspension.