International Association Football Federation(FIFA) remove Indonesia from a host of competitions FIFA U20 World Cup 2023 because of political turmoil regarding Israel’s participation.
Before, Indonesia football association (PSSI) postponed the draw event has to be postponed due to controversy about Israel after the Israel U20 national team qualified to play in the finals this time as well. and the Government of Indonesia not approved of Israeli citizens entering the country and addition, last week a Conservative Muslim protests parade in Indonesia for the anti-Israel movement
And in today’s meeting between FIFA President Gianni Infantino and President of the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) Erick Thohir, FIFA has decided, due to the current circumstances, to remove Indonesia as the host of the FIFA U20 World Cup 2023.
However, FIFA will be announced a new host country as soon as possible, and the tournament dates remain unchanged.
In addition, Potential sanctions against the PSSI may also be decided at a later stage. and expected maybe has a suspension from a member and suspension could remove Indonesia from Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2026, which starts in October.
“FIFA would like to underline that despite this decision, it remains committed to actively assisting the PSSI, in close cooperation and with the support of the government of President Widodo, in the transformation process of Indonesian football following the tragedy that occurred in October 2022. Members of the FIFA team will continue to be present in Indonesia in the coming months and will provide the required assistance to the PSSI, under the leadership of President Thohir.” FIFA said in official statement.
“A new meeting between the FIFA President and the PSSI President for further discussions will be scheduled shortly.”
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