Jombang, Eat Java (ANTARA News) - Sports and Youth Minister Andi Malarangeng said congress of the Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) would be held after FIFA`s decision.

He said here on Wednesday if FIFA as the world`s football governing body gave a positive signal then the congress could be carried out.

"We are still waiting for the decision of FIFA with regard to the PSSI congress," initially planned on April 29 in Surabaya, East Java, he said.

If FIFA did not give a positive signal it was not impossible for a new congress to be held in connection with it, the minister said.

Regarding the government`s decision to suspend PSSI under the leadership of current general chairman Nurdi Halid, Andi said the decision was correct because the government did not want to make the wrangling in PSSI to drag on.

He denied that the decision was late because the government had already given warnings to PSSI board members so far but they had never been heeded.

"So our decision was correct and not late," he said.

The minister hoped PSSI later would be led by new leaders with strong integrity.

He said he was ready to meet the worst possible consequence with regard to his decision.

Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi meanwhile said here on Wednesday that no one would disturb the state assets managed by PSSI so far, following the government`s decision to suspend the football organization recently.

He said the government would consistently implement the decision and all activities and programs already scheduled by PSSI so far would be taken over by the Sports and Youth Ministry.

"As it has become the decision of the government it must be implemented consistently," he said.

He said all the facilities and services given by the government to PSSI would be taken over by the sports ministry. "We will certainly facilitate for the continuation of all the PSSI programs according to recommendations from the sports ministry," he said.

All matches managed by PSSI so far such as Indonesia Super League (LSI) would be carried out by the sports ministry in coordination with the management of the Senayan Bung Karno stadium.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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