Not Releasing Players to the U-23 Indonesian National Team, Clubs Cannot Be Sanctioned

Not Releasing Players to the U-23 Indonesian National Team, Clubs Cannot Be Sanctioned

League 1 clubs to release their players to strengthen the U-23 Indonesian National Team will not result in sanctions. This was stated by football observer and commentator, Ronny Pangemanan .

“You can’t (be sanctioned). That’s not the FIFA calendar. Clubs have no obligation (to release players). They can’t be blamed either,” said Ropan, his nickname, in a podcast on the  Nalar TV YouTube channel .

According to Ropan, clubs’ reluctance to let go of their players is understandable. The reason is, these clubs also need the services of these players. Ropan said that League 1 clubs are currently focused on getting into the championship series.

“Everyone is currently focused on that. It’s natural that the clubs are holding back on this,” said Ropan.

Indonesia itself will be one of the contestants in the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup. This event will be held in Qatar from April 15 to May 3 2024.

In this event, Indonesia was part of Group A. They were in the same group as the host, Qatar. Apart from these two teams, this group also includes Australia and Jordan.

Indonesia’s participation in this event was accompanied by a number of polemics, including the summons of players. Indonesia U-23 coach, Shin Tae-yong, will almost certainly have difficulty calling his best squad because this event is not included in the official FIFA agenda. In fact, a number of clubs admitted that they did not want to let their players participate in this event.

PSSI Must Find a Solution

Persib Bandung player, Kakang Rudianto dribbles the ball during the 2023/2024 BRI Liga 1 match against Bhayangkara FC at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium, last Saturday (23/09/2023). (c) Lazuardi

Furthermore, Ropan said that this problem could not be allowed to continue. PSSI, continued the former sports media journalist, must find a solution to this problem.

One effort to find a solution, according to Ropan, is for all parties involved to sit down together. He also praised the steps taken by PT Liga Indonesia Baru (PT LIB), which is trying to communicate with the club and PSSI to find a solution to this problem.

“Now it’s just a matter of approaching it. Regardless, it’s not an obligation, this is in the interests of the national team. Because the competition exists to support the national team,” stressed Ropan.

“Hopefully there will be a solution in the future,” he said.



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