Saturday, 24 December 2011

Safee Sali is affected as FIFA bans Indonesian Super League

Safee Sali, who plays for Indonesian professional outfit Pelita Jaya, is in a quandary following world governing body Fifa banning the Indonesia Super League (ISL).

Pelita Jaya play in the ISL.

According to Indonesian news portal Republika, Fifa had issued a letter to All-Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) president Djohar Arifin Husin stating that it did not recognise the ISL.

According to the  letter, signed by Fifa secretary-general Jarome Valcke and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) secretary-general Datuk Alex Soosay, the ban also extends to all players, officials and referees involved in the ISL.

"A freeze has also been imposed on transfer of players from the ISL, effectively preventing them from playing in leagues or championships in countries which are Fifa affiliates. 

"Players like Safee are also affected, as they cannot play outside the ISL," the portal said.

Prior to this, Safee had said if Pelita Jaya were affected by the ban, he would try to ply his trade elsewhere and at the same time represent Malaysia's national squad.

Fifa, however, has given Indonesia until March 20 to sort out its football problems, failing which harsher action would be taken.

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