FIFA yesterday canceled the draw for the Under-20 FIFA World Cup that was slated to take place in Indonesia next week, due to Jakarta’s refusal to host Israel’s team.
FIFA’s decision is a preliminary measure and may be followed by other decisions that would lead to the withdrawal of Indonesia’s right to host Indonesia the tournament.
Official sources were quoted by the media as saying that the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) was in talks with the FIFA over the possibility of Singapore hosting Israel’s team matches due to Jakarta’s political stance.
Qatar was reported to have been willing to host the tournament if an agreement between FIFA and the PSSI was not reached.
The 24-team tournament is scheduled to be held from 20 May to 11 June, 2023 across six Indonesian cities and Israel were set to make their debut in the competition.
Soccer’s world governing body FIFA has stripped Indonesia of its right to host the Under-20 Men’s World Cup later this year after an Indonesian official objected to the participation of Israel.
FIFA has decided, to remove Indonesia as the host of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023, FIFA said in a statement, without providing further clarification. A new host will be announced as soon as possible, with the dates of the tournament currently remaining unchanged.
Wayan Koster, governor of the resort island of Bali, had sent a letter to Indonesia’s sports ministry requesting Israel be banned from competing in the province. He stated in the letter that the provincial government of Bali refused (to allow) the Israeli team to compete in Bali.
Middle East Monitor / ABC Flash Point Sports News 2023.
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