Saturday, April 21, 2007

Indonesian FA President re-elected unopposed

Nurdin Halid has been re-elected unopposed as President of the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) for a further four years, expiring in 2011. His first term was disrupted by the second of a series of corruption charges against him which went to trial in 2005. Prosecutors recommended that the businessman, Golkar Party Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Indonesian Cooperatives Association (KDI) be sentenced to 20 years in jail, fined Rp30 million and ordered to return Rp169.7 billion (US$18 million) in state funds allegedly embezzled from the National Logistics Agency (Bulog). A court exonerated him of the charges on 16 June 2005.

"This total support will make me have to do more and more, working hard for PSSI, I hope I’ll not let anyone down,” Halid told delegates to the PSSI national congress held in his home province, South Sulawesi.

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