President calls on police to crack down on football mafia

President calls on police to crack down on football mafia

Acting chairman of the Indonesia's Football Association (PSSI) Joko Driyono (center) grilled by the Jakarta Police on Friday (22/2/2019). ANTARA PHOTO/Reno Esnir/ama.

Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on the Indonesian Police to crack down on the football mafia involved in match fixing in the country's competitions.

"It has become the authority of the police. I think we should handle this case thoroughly to clean Indonesian football," the president noted here on Friday.

The Indonesian Police's Football Mafia Task Force has named 15 suspects allegedly involved in match fixing.

The task force has recently named acting chairman of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) Joko Driyono as a suspect for alleged involvement in destroying evidence of a match-fixing case at the office of PSSI's Disciplinary Commission on Feb 14.

Following the arrest of Driyono, the association has planned to hold its extraordinary congress.

"Go ahead, if the PSSI will hold a congress in accordance with the regulation of FIFA and PSSI itself," Jokowi noted.

The police suspected that Driyono had tasked three persons with seizing and destroying the evidence kept at a location already secured by a police line.

Driyono became acting PSSI chairman in late January after former chairman Edy Rahmayadi stepped down in the wake of a corruption probe.

Reporting by Desca Lidya Natalia, Sri Haryati

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