On Friday, newspaper reports in Indonesia claimed that FIFA had issued a letter to All Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) president Djohar Arifin Husin stating that it did not recognise the ISL.
According to the contents of the letter, signed by FIFA secretary-general Jarome Valcke and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) secretary-general Datuk Alex Soosay, the ban also extends to all players, officials and referees involved in the ISL, a clear source of concern for Safee who currently plies his trade with ISL outfit Pelita Jaya.
However, Safee's manager, Zakaria Rahim has exclusively told ESPNSTAR.my that no such ban has been imposed by FIFA and that the ISL is completely legal.
"The ISL has not been banned, ISL is not an illegal league and Safee is not an illegal player," Zakaria said.
"The ISL is a league that has been sanctioned by the PSSI at the Bali Congress of 2011 and there has not been any further congress or conferences by the PSSI up until now to say otherwise.
"The ISL is a legal league and FIFA has asked the PSSI to clarify the matter, not to ban it as reported. PSSI is facing some difficulty with some issues but they have resolved to come up with a solution as soon as possible."
Zakaria added: "Reports in the Malaysian papers on Friday night only quoted from Republika's article in Indonesia without checking for source or reliability. As far as I'm concerned, FIFA has not sent any letter yet. That report is out of line."
Zakaria is scheduled to make an official statement on Safee and the ISL on Monday, December 26 at The Curve in Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.