Football: Indonesia revokes suspension of its national association

JAKARTA (AFP)- Indonesia has lifted sanctions on its national football body, the PSSI, the sports minister said on Wednesday, hoping to end the country's international exile by Fifa.

Indonesia's sports ministry froze the PSSI and the south-east Asian nation's football competition following a row over which teams could play in the top league.

But world body Fifa suspended Indonesia last May for government interference, a move which bars its teams from international competition.

In an effort to resolve the crisis, the government said it had repealed its ban on the PSSI.

"Last night, after I signed the letter to lift the sanctions, we sent a letter to Fifa straight away so they could take note," said Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi.

The move comes just a day before Fifa's congress on May 12 in Mexico City, where Indonesia will now hope to win reinstatement.

Indonesian officials met last month with Fifa president Gianni Infantino in a bid to break the impasse, but a resolution has so far remained elusive.