Saturday, 20 April 2019 | 11:29 WIB

PSSI Respects FIFA‘s Decision on Ezra Wailan

PSSI Respects FIFA's Decision on Ezra Wailan (soccer)

JAKARATA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) has respected FIFA's decision regarding the status of Indonesian player Ezra Wailan who will not be able to appear in the U-23 AFC Cup qualifier in Vietnam because he was recorded as having played for the Dutch national team in an official UEFA competition.

"PSSI respects FIFA's decision. However, we still have a chance to challenge the status of Ezra," said PSSI Secretary General Tisha Destria through the official PSSI website on Friday (03/22/2019).

In the case of the 22-year-old in the AFC U-23 Cup, the AFC learned that Ezra was a naturalized player, so the AFC requested supporting documents in the form of citizenship oaths, decree presidents, and so on.

PSSI has sent the document on time, but the AFC asked PSSI to send a letter from the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) clarifying that Ezra had never played in the Dutch national team.

In the process, the KNVB responded by stating that Ezra had played in the Netherlands U-17 national team in the 2013 European Cup.

On this basis it is known that Ezra had previously played in the national team in official competitions before he proposed naturalization.

Related to this, the AFC asked PSSI to get approval from FIFA.

PSSI has also sent documents needed by FIFA such as oaths, decree, statements from ezra, Dutch passports and Indonesian passports.

Reported by Antara, even so, FIFA remained on the rule that Ezra could not move associations because he had played in official competitions before naturalization.