ZURICH - Controversial Indonesian
Football Association (PSSI) head Nurdin Halid is not eligible to
stand in executive committee elections next month, world
governing body FIFA confirmed on Thursday.
FIFA also said in a statement that local oil tycoon Arifin
Panigoro, who started the popular breakaway Indonesian Premier
League (LPI) in January, was also not eligible.
FIFA appointed a normalisation committee last month to
remove the PSSI from power and organise presidential elections
after weeks of protests against Halid and his inability to halt
"FIFA confirm the non-eligibility to the Executive Committee
of PSSI of the four candidates (Mr Nurdin Halid, Mr Nirwan
Bakrie, (Army Chief of Staff) Mr George Toisutta and Mr Arifin
Panigoro) who were rejected by the PSSI appeal committee on 28
February 2011," FIFA said in a statement.
FIFA had not previously named the quartet.
Nurdin, who was jailed in 2007 for misusing funds but
continued to run the PSSI from his cell, had been seeking a
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