Jakarta: Police Commissioner General Mochamad Iriawan was elected chief of the All Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) for the period of 2019-2023 after obtaining majority vote at the association's extraordinary congress held at Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta on Saturday, November 2, 2019.
Popularly known as Iwan Bule, he gained 82 out of the 85 votes cast in the PSSI chief election. Three voters decided to abstain. One of them from the football club Persis Solo walked out.
Tens of supporters rallied outside the hotel when the PSSI extraordinary congress was ongoing. Tens of police officers were deployed to prevent the demonstrators from gaining access to the meeting room. The demonstrators vociferously echoed slogans and unfurled a banner "PSSI Revolution."
"We only demand to get rid of old people from PSSI," Ivan Nuraziz, coordinator of the rally, stated.
Previously, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi)said that the government cannot meddle in anything related to the PSSI extraordinary congress. Nevertheless, the president admitted to paying special attention to the development of Indonesian football.
“When I introduced the newly inducted youth and sports minister, I reminded him of football, and football," he stated. (Antara)