Jakarta. The Indonesian Football Association, or PSSI, has discharged 10 referees and eight referee assistants for poor match handling in Liga 1 and Liga 2.
Most of them were assigned to Liga 2, Indonesia's second-tier football league.
"They are discharged on a temporary basis until the referees' committee decides on further action. We want to keep match integrity to the maximum," acting PSSI secretary general Joko Driyono told Antara news agency after a meeting with league organizer, Liga Indonesia Baru, on Monday (15/05).
"We've received 17 complaints about referees so far from participants in Liga 1 and Liga 2," Joko said. He added that the remaining referees are still enough to handle matches in the two leagues.
Liga 1 and Liga 2 – both professional leagues – have been disgraced on several occasions since its inception in April, with most related to violence, dangerous play and bad refereeing.
The PSSI disciplinary commission has so far imposed disciplinary actions on more than 20 players and match officials for infringements. One of these involved national team player Abduh Lestaluhu, who punched an opponent during a match between PS TNI and Bhayangkara.