Indonesia suspends soccer association

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian government suspended the country’s official football association Saturday in a lingering dispute over club ownership.

A letter signed by Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi said the government no longer recognizes any activities of the All-Indonesia Soccer Association (PSSI).

The ministry said it sent three written warnings, with the latest on Thursday, urging PSSI to exclude two clubs from the Indonesian Super League due to ownership disputes but got no response.

The government will set up a transitional body to handle all PSSI activities pending the formation of a new government-sanctioned management, according to a statement on the ministry’s website, which said the move was in line with FIFA regulations.

However, FIFA has previously warned the Indonesian government against interfering in the country’s domestic league at the risk of sanctions.

The suspension came just before the PSSI elected a new chairman at a meeting Saturday in Surabaya.

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