Friday, 3 February 2012

FAM warned about Safee's Sali's status with national team

The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has forewarned the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) of national striker Safee Sali's status when playing for the national team.

Safee who extended his contract with Pelita Jaya FC which plays in the Indonesian Super League (ISL) that was banned by FIFA, would not be able to play for the national team, even international friendly matches.

An Indonesian online portal,, in its featured story titled 'Safee dan Malaysia terancam Sanksi FIFA' (Safee and Malaysia in danger of FIFA sanction) quoted a PSSI official as saying that the governing body for football in Indonesia should not be deemed as interfering in the affairs of FAM.

"In line with a directive by FIFA, players and clubs playing in the illegal ISL will be barred from playing in any FIFA competitions," said PSSI's Disciplinary Committee Chief, Agus Saptono.

Safee had yesterday signed an extension of his playing contract with Pelita Jaya FC for two years although FIFA had deemed the ISL illegal.

FIFA secretary Jerome Valcke and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) secretary general Datuk Alex Soosay had in their letter to PSSI clearly stated that: "Players playing in the ISL will not be allowed to play for the national teams."

FIFA had earlier requested a list of players involved in the ISL from PSSI and Safee's name was among players in the list.

"So, if FIFA comes to know that Safee played for the national team, there is a possibility of a sanction," said Agus.

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