No FIFA sanction for Indonesia over Kanjuruhan tragedy: Indonesian President

Jakarta, The Gulf Observer: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has assured that Indonesia will not be subjected to a sanction from the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) over the October 1, 2022, stampede at Kanjuruhan tragedy in East Java’s Malang district.

“Based on the letter (from FIFA), alhamdulillah (thank God), the Indonesian football is not liable to a sanction from FIFA,” the President said while issuing a press statement on Friday night.

The letter was a follow-up to a telephonic conversation between Widodo and FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Monday (October 3).

According to the letter, FIFA and the Indonesian government will set up an Indonesian football transformation team. FIFA will set up an office in Indonesia during the transformation process.

According to data from the Malang District Health Office, the Kanjuruhan tragedy left 131people dead, 440 people lightly injured, and 29 people seriously injured. In response to the tragedy, President Joko Widodo formed a joint independent fact-finding team (TGIPF) comprising 13 members. Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD was made the chairperson of the team and Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali its deputy head. The team has been asked to complete its probe into the tragedy in one month’s time.