FIFA Removes Indonesia as Host U-20 World Cup over Rejection of Israel’s Participation

FIFA President Gianni Infantino. (Photo: NA, via Wikimedia Commons)

By the Palestine Chronicle Staff

Indonesia did not have the right to host the Under-20 World Cup due to Jakarta’s refusal to host the Israeli team, FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Following today’s meeting between FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) President Erick Thohir, FIFA has decided, due to the current circumstances, to withdraw Indonesia as host of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup,” read the statement.

FIFA Postpones U-20 World Cup After Indonesia Rejects Israel’s Participation

The 24-team tournament was to be held from May 20 to June 11 across six Indonesian cities, with Israel to start the competition.

Tel Aviv and Jakarta have no formal diplomatic ties. Indonesia has repeatedly criticized Israel’s violations against the Palestinian people and called for a boycott of Israeli goods.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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