Politics and Football in Indonesia

Last week, the frustration of Indonesia’s legions of football fans boiled over into open confrontations in Jakarta and Makassar in which police had to fire shots in the air to disperse them. Two more days of demonstrations followed in other cities. Clashes were reported between followers of Nurdin Halid, the head of the Indonesian Football Association, and fans seeking to drive him from the job. Ilham Arief Sirajuddin, the mayor of Makassar, told local reporters Halid "couldn’t ignore the fans’ frustration any longer. I hope he will realize that Indonesian football fans have rejected him."

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