Indonesia president says Fifa boss offered help to fix country’s football issues

5/10/2022 11:23:00 AM

Indonesia president says Fifa boss offered help to fix country’s football issues

Indonesia president says Fifa boss offered help to fix country’s football issues

JAKARTA, Oct 5 — Indonesia President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday that football’s world governing body Fifa had offered to help his country to address its football problems,...

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Wednesday, 05 Oct 2022 3:36 PM MYT JAKARTA, Oct 5 — Indonesia President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday that football’s world governing body Fifa had offered to help his country to address its football problems, having spoken to Fifa chief Gianni Infantino over a deadly stadium stampede.In one of the world’s worst football disasters, hundreds of fans were crushed as they tried to flee the overpacked stadium in Indonesia’s East Java region on Saturday, after police fired tear gas to disperse agitated supporters of the losing side Arema FC, who had poured onto the pitch.The levy waiver policy is currently scheduled to end after Oct 31.Authorities said at least 131 people died, among them 33 minors.— AFP Advertisement.The president, commonly known as Jokowi, said he had ordered a full audit of stadia across the country to ensure compliance with safety and security protocols..He said he had spoken by phone on Monday to Fifa President Gianni Infantino, who offered his support.ALSO READ: Economic challenges, floods in focus as Parliament resumes Wan Junaidi said he was among the last to leave a pre-council meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob prior to the start of the Dewan Rakyat on Monday.

“He said if needed, Fifa can help fix Indonesia’s football management,” he said, referring to Infantino.until the end of the year," minister Airlangga Hartarto told reporters.Football is hugely popular in the country of 270 million people, where the sport has had its fair share of problems, from hooliganism and heavy-handed policing to event mismanagement.Asked earlier about the possibility of Fifa sanctions over the disaster, Jokowi said that was a matter for Fifa to decide.However, as palm oil prices have dropped and the cost of palm oil-based biodiesel is lower than fossil diesel fuel, Indonesia currently needs less funds for the biodiesel programme, Airlangga said.Fifa, which called the incident “a tragedy beyond comprehension” has asked Indonesia’s football federation for a full report.Fifa did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Wednesday.Exporters of palm oil are required to sell a portion of their products at home before being allowed to export.On Friday (Sept 30), Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said the party's supreme council had decided that Ismail Sabri must seek an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to present a few possible dates to dissolve Parliament.

Indonesia has set up a fact-finding team comprised of football experts, academics and ministry officials in hopes to reveal the culprits, and its police are currently investigating dozens of its officers over a suspected ethical breach, having suspended nine of them.— Reuters Advertisement.Subscribe to Mid-day email alert We deliver news to your inbox daily.

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