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A match with Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, provokes anger in Indonesia



Photos of FIFA boss Gianni Infantino sharing laughs and ‘high fives’ during a game with Indonesian football leaders after 133 fans were killed in early October sparked a barrage of criticism in Indonesia Wednesday. The Swiss-Italian met Indonesian President Joko Widodo in the capital Jakarta on Tuesday and pledged that FIFA would help improve match security and reform Indonesian football.

But on Wednesday morning, the Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI) posted footage on social media showing the FIFA boss playing a match the day before with Indonesian FA president Mochamad Iriawan, who is resisting calls for his resignation.

“133 people died. And your president comes here to have fun playing football and laughing? Why don’t you have fun playing at Kanjuruhan Stadium? Shame on FIFA”, criticized PanditFootball, a very popular account among Indonesian football fans, with 600,000 subscribers. The Federation did not respond to questions about Tuesday’s match.

A team investigating the disaster called the week behind the president of the Indonesian Football Federation, a former police chief in Jakarta, to step down, along with his entire executive committee. For his part, Gianno Infantino described the disaster, in which more than 40 children lost their lives, as “one of the darkest days for football”.



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