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Rival Indonesian Football Leagues Merge

18 March 2013

Indonesia’s rival football leagues agreed to merge on Sunday, hoping to end a split that had threatened to see the world’s fourth most populous nation suspended by the sport’s governing body FIFA. The long running battle over controls of the sport had left the football-obsessed country with two leagues and two national teams. “This is remarkable. It’s a major leap for the future of our football,” Djohar Arifin Husein, chairman of the Indonesian Football Association(PSSI), said after the PSSI’s special congress voted on the issue in a luxury Jakarta hotel. He said the rival Indonesian Football Rescue Committee had agreed to return to the FIFA-recognized PSSI.—Reuters