JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president says his country will not face sanctions from soccer’s governing body after 131 people were evacuated after tear gas was fired inside a half-closed stadium. Including 17 people were killed.
Joko Widodo said FIFA president Gianni Infantino wrote to him in a letter about possible cooperation between Indonesia and FIFA, and that the country will continue to host next year’s 20th World Cup, which will be hosted by 24 nations across five continents. joins from
“Based on the letter, thank God, Indonesian football has not been approved by FIFA,” Widodo said in a video posted on the presidential office’s YouTube channel late Friday.
In its security protocols, FIFA advises against the use of tear gas in or around the stadium and recommends that exit doors be open at all times during the match. While these rules are considered a safety standard, they do not apply to domestic or national leagues and FIFA has no authority over how local governments and police control crowds.
Widodo visited the Kanjurohan football stadium in Malang on Wednesday and said the many locked gates contributed to the chaos that took place after the league match between hosts Arima FC and Prasabaya Surabaya on October 1. . The national police chief said on Thursday that the stadium does not exist. A warrant has been issued and criminal charges will be brought against six people, including three police officers.
Indonesia’s national football association, known locally as PSSI, has long struggled domestically to govern the game.
Winning the right to host next year’s Under-20 World Cup was a milestone in Indonesia’s football development and raised hopes that a successful tournament would address long-standing problems that have plagued the sport in the country. , which is home to over 277 million people.
The fatal crash is a sad reminder, however, as Indonesia is one of the most dangerous countries participating in the Games.
Since last week, the domestic league has been suspended. Widodo has ordered the sports minister, the national police chief and the football federation to conduct a full investigation into the deadly stadium crash.
He said on Friday that the Indonesian government had agreed to take joint measures with FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation to improve stadium security to prevent another tragedy.
“FIFA, together with the government, will appoint a transformation team for Indonesian football,” Widodo said, adding that Infantino will also visit Indonesia in the near future.
He said that FIFA will be based in Indonesia during these processes to improve security standards in all football stadiums in the country, develop security procedures and protocols for the police based on international standards, Indonesian football clubs and Take feedback from fans, organize the season calendar. Risk-based considerations as well as involving experts from various fields for consultation.