Founding member Indonesia quits ASEAN Football Federation

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President Mochamad Iriawan confirmed on Wednesday that the PSSI had contacted EAFF officials to discuss joining the organization.

“We will discuss it carefully but it cannot be decided immediately. Maybe EAFF will be happy to accept Indonesia. But we will have to calculate the pros and cons in advance,” the Indo newspaper said. . Bolasport quoted Iriawan as saying.

The EAFF has 10 members – Mainland China, Taiwan, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Macau, Mongolia and the Northern Mariana Islands. It currently hosts the East Asian Championship in Japan with four teams – Japan, South Korea, China and Hong Kong.

Without specifying whether this was justification for considering resigning, Iriawan also said that PSSI had not received a response from the AFF regarding Indonesia’s complaint regarding the Vietnam-Thailand match at the AFF Championship. U19 which ended on July 15. It has been a week since they appealed and they are still awaiting the AFF’s decision, he said.

“The process must be in the right order and reviewed by the disciplinary committee. We are still waiting for the best decision from the AFF to make a lesson out of it,” Iriawan said.

In the final game of the AFF U19 Championship group stage, a 1-1 Vietnam-Thailand draw indirectly knocked Indonesia out of the tournament. When the score was 1-1, Vietnam and Thailand slowed the pace in the final 10 minutes with no intention of scoring, as both teams had secured a place in the semi-finals.

Indonesia were tied with both teams on 11 points, but were ousted on the grounds that the team failed to score against both opponents, while Vietnam and Thailand scored one against the other. ‘other.

Indonesian officials complained to the AFF and demanded an investigation into possible match-fixing, while Indonesian fans called on the PSSI to quit the AFF in view of outdated regulations.

Indonesia is one of the six founding countries of AFF in 1984, along with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Brunei. Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia joined in 1996, followed by Timor Leste (2004) and Australia (2013).

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