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JAKARTA : Indonesia evaded sanctions from world football regulator Fifa Friday, the nation's federation said, and was given an extension to resolve a row that has thrown Indonesian football into crisis. 

Fifa had given the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) a December 10 deadline to reconcile its differences with rival Indonesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI) that runs a rebel league splitting the nation's top teams."Fifa did not sanction Indonesia and we were asked to solve our problem as soon as possible," PSSI head Djohar Arifin told AFP by telephone from Tokyo, after Fifa discussed the issue in a meeting.The rival administrations failed to show unity despite signing a memorandum of understanding in June vowing to bring Indonesian football under one umbrella.The nation's top sports authorities were forced to establish a task force after the deadline passed ahead of the Tokyo meeting to begin mediation in the long-standing feud.In a statement emailed to media later, Fifa said: "The PSSI has submitted a three-month roadmap."Therefore, the situation of the PSSI will be examined again by the Associations Committee and the Executive Committee at their next meetings."This is the very final deadline that will be given to the PSSI to normalise its situation."Arifin said he was informed of Fifa's decision via email and was...

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