"Several forces have been at play against the PSSI, which has led to a rowdy atmosphere," Deputy Chairman of the PSSI Hinca Panjaitan stated after attending a meeting of the PSSI Executive Committee (Exco) here on Saturday.
Panjaitan noted that bearing mutual respect in mind, his side had communicated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs optimally through dialogues and had explained the problems they were currently facing. However, he added, they have yet to receive any clear response.
The PSSI held its extraordinary congress (KLB) in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya on Saturday, April 18, after Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs Imam Nahrawi imposed a sanction (of temporary suspension) on the country's soccer association.
During the KLB, the PSSI successfully chose its new executive board of management, electing La Nyalla Mattalitti as the general chairman, and Erwin Dwi Budiawan and Hinca Panjaitan as the vice general chairpersons.
On Monday, April 28, Nahrawi expressed hope that the ISL would continue to be held even though the PSSI had been suspended.
"The competition must go on. We hope the competition upholds the spirit of sportsmanship and guarantees the rights of players," Minister Nahrawi remarked in his office here on Monday, following a meeting with representatives of clubs competing in the ISL.
The first meeting between the government and the clubs participating in the highest soccer tournament in the country has yet to yield any results because representatives of the clubs left the meeting before it came to an end.
Previously, the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) approved the proposal initiated by CEO of PT Liga Indonesia, Joko Driyono, the organizer of the ISL matches regarding the suspension of the highest level of soccer tournament in the country.
Before starting of the ISL matches, the Indonesian Professional Sports Agency (BOPI) only allowed 16 of the 18 soccer clubs that were verified to participate in the ISL that kicked off on April 4, 2015.(Ant)