The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has announced the postponement of the FIFA U20 World Cup 2023 draw event scheduled for 31 March 2023 indefinitely.
For draw event, It was originally scheduled to be held on March 31 at the Taman Werdhi Budaya Art Centre, Bali, but yesterday a press conference was held by the PSSI by Arya Mahendra, EXCO Member of PSSI for confirmed the postponement.
for the reason that 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 led PSSI to decide to postpone the draw event.
However, such problems from Israel are at odds with Palestine. and have been at war since 1948 until now making Israel became a country at odds with the Muslim world that pro-Palestine. Indonesia It’s one of those countries too.
Israeli national team Qualified for the final of the FIFA U20 World Cup 2023 for the first time in history. From winning Group B in the UEFA U19 Championship 2022 and reaching the finals before losing to England after extra-time 1-3, ended in the runner-up position
However, on the side of the International Football Federation (FIFA), there is still no reply for this situation. but PSSI is currently in contact with FIFA to try to resolve the issue. which may provide matches that Israel competes to compete at the stadium in Singapore instead
If the worst case is unable to solve the problem, FIFA may decide to sanction suspended Indonesia. according to the rules that do not allow political interference, and change the host country, which now Qatar has become a country that is preparing to accept as a host instead after they had just held the 2022 World Cup at the end of last year.
FIFA U20 World Cup 2023 will be held from 20 May – 11 June in 6 cities in Indonesia namely Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Surakarta, Bali, and Palembang.
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