Unwelcome. On a visit to Indonesia, two weeks after the tragedy of the football match in Malang, on the eastern island of Java, Gianni Infantino found himself at the heart of a controversy on social networks. It is reproached by Internet users to the FIFA president for having participated casually, with a smile on his face and in a good mood, in a football meeting with the leaders of the Indonesian federation. The national body posted photos on its Twitter account on Wednesday 19 October showing Gianni Infantino exchanging pleasantries and high fives with the president of the Indonesian FA, Mochamad Iriawan, who has been highly controversial since the Malang disaster that killed 133 people (pictured above). “Instead of playing football together, they should have gone together to the victims of the tragedy,” tweeted Indonesian actor Vino G. Bastian to his 1.9 million followers. “133 people died. And your president comes here to have fun playing football and laughing? Why is it that you don’t have fun playing at Kanjuruhan Stadium? Shame on @FIFAcom,” criticized PanditFootball, a Twitter account with 600,000 followers. The day before, the FIFA president had met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, assuring him that the international body would help improve match security and reform Indonesian football.
— Published 20 October 2022