JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian government has suspended the country’s official football association in a lingering dispute over club ownership.
A letter signed by Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi says the government will no longer recognize all activities of the association known as PSSI.
The ministry says it sent three written warnings 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 management body to handle all activities of PSSI, according to a statement Saturday on the ministry’s website.
However, FIFA has previously warned the Indonesian government against interfering in the country’s domestic league.
The suspension comes as PSSI holds a meeting to elect its new chairman.