Indonesian league suspended: FIFpro asks FIFA, AFC to intervene


JAKARTA (ANTARA) – The global players’ union FIFpro has called on the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to intervene in the cancellation of Liga 2 and Liga 3 of the domestic league by the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI). .

“FIFA and the AFC should intervene as this horrific decision will have a serious impact on the lives and careers of some 700 Indonesian professional footballers under contract with Liga 2 clubs,” Thursday.

FIFpro stressed that the decision to cancel the league was “unsettling” as no negotiations or consultations had taken place with the Indonesian Players Association (APPI). Additionally, the decision will affect approximately 700 professional players.

He further said that the cancellation of Liga 2 would leave Indonesian football without a relegation system that is not in line with FIFA’s structure.

“FIFpro strongly urges FIFA and AFC to intervene in this situation and work with the PSSI (Indonesian Football Association) and the players’ association APPI to find an appropriate solution and ensure the continuation of Liga 2.” added.

Indonesian domestic league Suspended early in response to the stampede incident at Sekijuruhan Stadium in October last year.

PSSI has successfully organized the restart of Top League Liga 1 in December 2022 after in-depth consultations with the government and the Indonesian police.

The federation had previously committed to continuing the Liga 2 and Liga 3 seasons from 14 January 2023.

However, PSSI has opted to suspend the 2022/2023 Liga 2 and 3 seasons based on the results of the PSSI Executive Committee (Exco) meeting on 12 January.

According to PSSI, the league and clubs are facing financial difficulties in complying with new safety regulations introduced after the Kanjurhan tragedy.

PSSI also said the cancellation was based on the majority of requests from Liga 2 clubs.

After the January 24th meeting, the PSSI said it would decide on the continuation of the league at a special PSSI competition on February 16th, the same as the PSSI election.

Parliament elects the General Chair, Vice-Chair and members of PSSI Exco for 2023-2027.

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