Indonesia Haunted by FIFA Sanctions, Bosses Persist in Lobbying Erick Thohir

Solo, CNN Indonesia —

Persis Solo boss Kevin Nugroho believes Erick Thohir’s diplomacy skills can prevent Indonesia from the ghost of sanctions from FIFA following the revocation of Indonesia’s status as host of the 2023 U-20 World Cup.

It is certain that the U-20 World Cup will be canceled in Indonesia after FIFA released its official statement, Wednesday (29/3) evening. In this statement, the highest authority in world football also stated that sanctions for Indonesia would be determined at a later date.

“Haunted by bans (sanctions), how about that? On the one hand, get ready. But we believe in Pak Erick. Hopefully it can be overcome,” Kevin said after meeting with the Mayor of Solo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, Thursday (30/3) .



Persis has sacrificed quite a lot for the U-20 World Cup in Solo. The club nicknamed Laskar Sambernyawa had to move its home base from Manahan Stadium to Maguwoharjo Stadium, Sleman, DIY because the Manahan Stadium was plotted to be one of the venues for the U-20 World Cup matches.

As a result of this move, the club owned by Kaesang Pangarep had to pay more. Apart from paying for the club’s move, PERSIS had to play without an audience. Kevin did not mention the exact number of losses suffered by his club.

“When talking about losses, many. Tens of billions,” he said.

Even though he had suffered a big loss, Kevin admitted that he was more worried if Indonesia would receive heavy sanctions from FIFA. The sanction will be a heavy blow for the Persis players. Especially if Indonesia is ostracized or banned from world football.

“The important thing is to restore enthusiasm first. If you can’t return it financially, it’s difficult. It will definitely take a long time to return it,” he said.

“Yes, I hope FIFA’s punishment is not too severe. What if you are haunted by tires? Hopefully Mr. Erick can help,” he said.

(Gambas:Video CNN)


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