This handout picture taken and released on March 30, 2023 by the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) shows members of Indonesia’s Under-20 team and officials reacting after FIFA announced the cancellation of the Indonesia 2023 FIFA Under-20 World Cup soccer tournament, at a hotel in Jakarta. FIFA announced on March 29 it had removed Indonesia as hosts of this year’s U-20 World Cup amid political turmoil over Israel’s participation. (AFP/PSSI).(AFP/PSSI)
Sorrow in Indonesia after FIFA pulls under-20 World Cup
JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesian football players, fans and pundits reacted with anger and sadness on Thursday after FIFA pulled the Under-20 World Cup from the host nation weeks before it was due to kick off, following protests against Israel’s participation.
The humiliating loss came after two influential governors advocated banning Israel from the competition. Indonesia and Israel do not have formal diplomatic relations, and support for the Palestinian cause in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation runs high, fuelling local opposition to hosting the Israeli team.
Players and fans were left dismayed on Thursday after Indonesia was dropped as host of the under-20 soccer World Cup following outrage among politicians about Israel’s participation.
International soccer’s governing body FIFA stripped Indonesia of hosting rights on Wednesday over what an Indonesian official said was a failure to honour its commitments to the tournament.
FIFA made the decision after the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) said it had cancelled the draw because Bali’s governor refused to host Israel’s team.
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● Thu, March 30, 2023
Jokowi says no foreign policy change in hosting Israel for U-20 World Cup
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● Wed, March 29, 2023
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