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Statement of the joint FIFA/AFC delegation to Indonesia

General Secretary of the Japan Football Association Kohzo Tashima addresses the delegates during the 61st FIFA Congress
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Today, 2 November 2015, the joint FIFA and AFC delegation led by Mr. Kohzo Tashima (FIFA Executive Committee member) and including HRH Prince Abdullah (FIFA Executive Committee member) and Mr. Mariano Araneta (AFC Executive Committee member) held a meeting with President of the Republic of Indonesia HE Joko Widodo in order to find a solution for Indonesian football following the suspension of PSSI by the FIFA Executive Committee on May 30, 2015 and the decision of the FIFA Executive Committee on September 25, 2015 to set up a high level delegation to go to Indonesia. Prior to this meeting, the delegation met with the PSSI President and other PSSI officials.

It was apparent that FIFA, AFC, PSSI and the Government are of the common view that Indonesia is a high potential football country and that reforms are needed to maximize their potential. The President of the Republic of Indonesia understood that any reform must occur under the auspices of the FIFA Statutes, but the Government is welcomed as a stakeholder in the reform. The President of the Republic of Indonesia expressed his sincere concern about the affairs of Indonesian football and reiterated his commitment to the development of the game. The delegation would like to express their sincere gratitude to all parties, including the President of the Republic for the productive meeting.

On 3 November 2015 the delegation will meet with other key Indonesian football stakeholders, including APPI (Indonesian Players’ Association) and Indonesian Super League. A final meeting will be held with PSSI. 

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