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FIFA Permits AFF Cup at GBK, Concerts Can’t

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PSSI Secretary General Yunus Nusi confirmed that the 2022 AFF Cup could be held at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (GBK SU). But not for concerts.

This was disclosed by Yunus, following the receipt of a reply letter from the World Football Association (FIFA) which was received on Tuesday (29/11) at 20.00 WIB via electronic mail sent by FIFA’s Men’s Tournament Manager, Christian Schmolzer.

In the letter it was written, if FIFA, after consulting with field management, decided not to approve the given schedule, namely holding two concerts. Because, it will interfere with the preparation process in the field.

“After consulting with FIFA’s ground management, we have to inform you that we cannot agree on the schedule presented. Holding two concerts with several days of setup and disassembly of activities on the field of play, will certainly place a lot of stress on the pitch, which will prevent us from implementing a pitch management program. according to plan,” said the FIFA letter.

“Given the significant investment that the government has agreed to spend in providing high-quality football pitches, it would be contradictory to allow this event to take place as close to the tournament as possible. We hereby kindly ask to convey this input to GBK Stadium Management.”

Responding to this, Yunus confirmed that there was a reply letter from FIFA. However, he explained that FIFA only did not allow concerts, but for the 2022 AFF Cup it could be held at SU GBK.

“Yes, it’s true. It’s not a concert,” said Yunus detikSport, Wednesday (30/11/2022).

“AFF Cup at SU GBK,” he continued.

Meanwhile, Menpora Zainudin Amali, when asked for his response regarding the FIFA letter, admitted that he had received information from PSSI.

“I received information from PSSI, that FIFA has sent a letter to PSSI regarding the stadium. For more details, friends, go to PSSI because it has been widely circulated. I don’t want to translate it, interpret it,” said the Menpora from Gorontalo at the Kemenpora Office.

(mcy/aff)

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