Posted: Tuesday December 11, 2012 8:09 AM

Indonesia braces for sanctions from FIFA

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -The Indonesian government has set up a taskforce to deal with possible sanctions from FIFA following its failure to merge two rival football associations.

Acting Youth and Sports Minister Agung Laksono announced Tuesday that the five-member team will consult with the world governing body, which had set Dec. 10 as the deadline for settling the disputes.

On Monday, the FIFA-sanctioned All-Indonesia Soccer Association, or PSSI, and the breakaway Indonesian Soccer Rescue Committee, or KPSI, each held a separate congress in different cities.

The government did not recognize the meetings, saying they failed to comply with an agreement they signed in Kuala Lumpur in June, which stipulates that the KPSI would be dissolved at the yearend congress.

 
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