Nurdin Halid is banned by FIFA from elections

Posted by David Khoirul

When it comes to football, I always love to play it but hate to watch the match -- of course with the exception of those big matches like World Cup. I don't know much about football figures, either here in Indonesia or overseas. But I can't resist myself to follow the news that PSSI chairman Nurdin Halid, a South-Sulawesi-born politician who had been involved in various criminal cases, has been banned by FIFA.

Nurdin, the PSSI’s current chairman, is unable to run for reelection for the 2011-2015 term because it goes against FIFA statutes on convicts, said Ambassador Joko Susilo on Tuesday night.

According to Joko, FIFA president Sepp Blatter made the ruling during a meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.

“Sepp Blatter said FIFA upholds the statutes that states a convict cannot lead a football organization, ” Joko said, adding that he had explained the situation to Blatter.

He said Blatter was well aware of the crisis that embroiled the PSSI.

“If Nurdin is reelected, FIFA won’t legitimize the election result. They want Indonesian football to be much better, ” Joko said.

FIFA is slated to send a team to Jakarta to monitor the election.

Nurdin is infamous for being a controversial chairman of Persatuan Sepak Bola Indonesia (PSSI). He had been jailed for a number of times.

I see his name everywhere: in the internet, in the media, in songs, and in pamphlets brought by protesters.

[via JG]

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