Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) reform committee chairman Agum Gumelar, right, met with FIFA president Gianni Infantino, center, at the world football governing body's headquarters in Zürich on Tuesday (26/04) to request the lifting of the national association's suspension, which was imposed last year. (Photo courtesy of FIFA.com)
PSSI Reform Committee Chairman Asks FIFA President to Lift Suspension
BY :EDO KARENSA
APRIL 27, 2016
Jakarta. Agum Gumelar, reform committee chairman of the Indonesian Football Association, or PSSI, met with FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the world football governing body's headquarters in Zürich on Tuesday (26/04) to request the lifting of the national association's suspension, which was imposed last year.
The Indonesian national football team is barred from all international competitions as FIFA took umbrage at the government's attempts to meddle in the PSSI's affairs.
According to a statement released on Tuesday, "FIFA remains ready to assist the PSSI [...] with a view to bringing Indonesia fully back to the international football community."
Agum was accompanied by Erick Thohir, chairman of the Indonesian Olympics Committee and the majority shareholder in Italian Serie A club Internazionale.
At last week's PSSI anniversary celebration, Agum reiterated FIFA's demand that the Indonesian government should stop interfering in the national football association's affairs before the international ban can be lifted.
Indonesia could not take part in the qualifications for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup because of the suspension.
However, the Asian Football Confederation last month announced that despite the ban, Indonesia was among four countries nominated to host the 2023 Asian Cup, along with China, Thailand and South Korea.