Before Argentina, Palestine is also coming for a friendly match against Indonesia

A promotional poster for Indonesia vs Palestine on June 14, 2023. Photo: PSSI
A promotional poster for Indonesia vs Palestine on June 14, 2023. Photo: PSSI

Did you miss out on tickets to Indonesia vs Argentina, which officials said sold out in mere minutes? Well, there’s another tantalizing friendly match to look forward to, as Indonesia is set to host Palestine on June 14 at the Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Surabaya, East Java.

The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) today announced that tickets for the Indonesia vs Palestine match up will go on sale tomorrow at 10am. The friendly match will also be a show of solidarity and support for the Palestinian cause, particularly as Indonesia has been a staunch ally of Palestine and has repeatedly called for an end to the Israeli occupation and aggression.

Tickets will be available for purchase via the PSSI website or ticketing platform Tiket, coming at IDR100K for regular tickets and IDR250K for VIP tickets. Organizers say 40,000 tickets will be made available.

“Ten percent of ticket proceeds will go towards the Palestinian people,” PSSI Executive Committee member Arya Sinulingga said today.

FIFA this year stripped Indonesia of its right to host the U-20 World Cup after high-profile politicians publicly rejected Israel’s participation at the event, ostensibly in support of Palestine. Indonesia has been spared of heavy FIFA sanctions and PSSI is keen to get on the world governing body’s good books under the direction of new leader Erick Thohir, who is also the country’s state-owned enterprises minister.

Things seem to be heading in the right direction, with PSSI locking in two high-profile exhibition matches in the month of June, first against Palestine on the 14th and then against Lionel Messi’s Argentina on the 19th.

Tickets for the latter have been excruciatingly difficult to obtain, as PSSI reported today, on the first day of general sales, that they sold out in five minutes. 

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