JAKARTA (21 May 2011) – The impasse continues in the Indonesia FA (PSSI) when the process to elect a new chairman yesterday ended in heated arguments lasting for several hours before it was called off.
Agum Gumelar, the chairman of the Normalisation Committee had little choice but to cancel the Congress which was to have chosen a new PSSI chairman, vice chairman and nine members of the executive committee.
“Seeing that the situation is no longer conducive, I hereby close the congress,” said Agum afterwards.
The deadlock was inevitable as the Congress had begun with a debate initiated by the so-called Group 78 on the reasons why Gen. George Toisutta and Arifin Panigoro – two candidates disqualified by FIFA – should have been allowed to run for post of chairman.
The Congress was also attended by Thierry Reganass, FIFA Director of Member Associations and Development.
“This is an extraordinary congress, you cannot change the agenda of an extraordinary congress,” Regenass said.
“I really hope that I can go back to Zurich and bring good news to the FIFA president (Sepp Blatter).”
With the impasse not reaching its end, there’s every likelihood that FIFA will take a stern stance against the PSSI which includes a year’s ban from international football.