Friday, June 24, 2011

Prince Ali visits Indonesia

By Milad Yaumil Karim

Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, the newly elected FIFA Vice President, concluded a trip to Indonesia last week to find out the status of the PSSI elections which has been shrouded in controversy.

“I am here to listen to all concerned parties in Indonesian football in order to help resolve the situation and allow Indonesian football to advance and take its place,” Prince Ali said.

While in Jakarta Prince Ali met several parties including the Chairman of the Normalisation Committee, Agum Gumelar, Chief of the Indonesian National Sports Committee Rita Subowo, members of the Appeal Committee, PSSI members representing different federations across Indonesia as well as General George Toisutto and Arfin Panigoro.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, according to Prince Ali, declared the election PSSI July 9, should be open and transparent. Zhang Jilong, the new President of the AFC, made comments along a similar line. Both agreed to ensure the smooth running of the PSSI Congress."I have discussions with FIFA President Sepp Blatter and AFC President Zhang Jilong. I believe it is essential to ensure the selection process must take place openly, transparently and in accordance with the statutes of FIFA and PSSI," Prince Ali was quoted as saying in the Jordan press.

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