KPK Moves to Investigate Use of Football Funds

The Jakarta Globe

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has said it will call for a thorough audit of the funds set aside by the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) for the improvement of teams across the country.


Johan Budi, spokesman for the KPK, said on Friday that the commission had preliminary findings pointing to the possible misuse of state funds earmarked for football teams nationwide.

“We believe there is unrecorded usage of funds by the PSSI,” Johan told the Jakarta Globe.

“The funds from the government to improve the quality of football teams nationwide are disbursed through the PSSI, which receives the funding through the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs as well as KONI [the National Sports Committee of Indonesia].

“However, based on information and data we received a few days before the AFF [Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup] finals, there is a discrepancy in the usage of funding by the PSSI.

“Therefore, we require an audit to check if all the funds were used correctly or otherwise. We ourselves plan to review the PSSI.”

Indonesia lost 4-2 on aggregate to Malaysia in the final, with the first leg played at Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Jalil Stadium on Dec. 26 and the second leg taking place at Gelora Bung Karno on Dec. 29.

On the matter of the PSSI allegedly sending free tickets to state officials to watch the final — which the KPK considers bribery — Johan said the KPK had yet to invite the general secretary of the PSSI, Nugraha Besoes, for questioning.

“We have only written him a letter to clarify whether or not the PSSI had sent off free tickets to state officials. Other than that, we have not taken any further action so far,” he said.

PSSI chairman Nurdin Halid was previously jailed for corruption, though he continued to serve as chairman from behind bars.

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