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Indonesia may have to play neutral ground in the rest of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Indonesia may have to play neutral ground in the rest of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

After the riots on September 5th, Indonesia's Bung Karno stadium is in danger of being banned from hosting all matches in the rest of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

The above information was widely published by the Malaysian press on September 9 morning. The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has just sent a petition to FIFA about a proposal to ban Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (Indonesia's home ground) to host the remaining matches of Group G.

After witnessing the Malaysia fans being assaulted in the opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier at home in Indonesia, FAM President Hamidin Mohd proved extremely urgent and promised to do everything to claim fairness.

Sharing with Malaysian media in the afternoon meeting of September 8th, Mr. Hamidin confirmed he had sent a petition to FIFA. Instead of penalizing Indonesia to play at home without an audience, FAM wants FIFA to "hang" Bung Karno, forcing Indonesia to play all remaining matches on neutral ground.

"We talked to Indonesian police a total of three times before the match that day. We tried our best but could not stop the acts of terrorism. I guarantee that if I play at Bukit Jalil, every even the smallest security threat cannot happen", Malaysia's Utusan quoted FAM president.

"I don't mean to blame the Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI) entirely, I just want FIFA to find justice for everyone", he continued.

Indonesia may have to play neutral ground in the rest of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

FAM will officially wait for FIFA's decision on a penalty for PSSI from today. Until the penalty is imposed, Indonesia still has the right to host matches at home.

On the evening of September 10th, "Eagle" Garuda will welcome Thailand on Bung Karno in the second match of Group G of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier. At the match on October 15th, Indonesia will host the Vietnamese national football team.