Indonesia suspended by FIFA

FIFA have sanctioned the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) following a dispute between the country's government and its football association which led to the cancellation of the 2015 Indonesian Super League season.

The suspension means that Indonesia will not be able to take part in the next round of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup and for the 2019 AFC Cup. However, the country will be able to turn out at the Southeast Asian Games as the competition has already begun.

"The Executive decided to suspend the Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) with immediate effect and until the PSSI would be able to comply with its obligations under arts. 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes," FIFA statement said.

"This decision resulted from the effective 'take over' of the activities of PSSI by the Indonesian authorities.

"However, and as an exceptional measure, the national team would be allowed to continue their current participation in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games."

Indonesia had been placed with Thailand, Vietnam, Iraq and Chinese Taipei in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers.