FIFA stripped Indonesia’s right to be the U-20 World Cup host. It came after the PSSI, the country’s football federation, canceled the draw after the Bali governor refused to welcome the team from Israel.
According to pay per head sportsbook experts, FIFA will choose a new host as soon as possible. However, the dates of the tournament will remain the same. FIFA will also impose sanctions against the PSSI.
FIFA made the decision after meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino and PSSI chairman Erick Thohir. According to the best bookie software report, the PSSI will abide by FIFA’s decision. Also, they will work to transform soccer in the country to a higher level.
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In Indonesia, where the sport enjoys a large fan base despite the country’s lack of international success in the tournament since its qualification for the 1938 World Cup as the Dutch East Indies, the loss of hosting rights will be a significant disappointment. This month, demonstrators in Jakarta waved Indonesian and Palestinian flags and called for Israel to be banned from a planned Asian Games.
According to soccer betting news reports, most Indonesians adhere to Islam. However, while most Muslims in Indonesia adhere to a tolerant interpretation of Islam, religious conservatives have gained political clout in recent years.
The PSSI warned earlier this week that losing the privilege to host the tournament would hurt Indonesian football teams’ prospects of qualifying for future FIFA tournaments and cost the country “trillions of rupiah” in economic damages. However, after a stampede last year at a stadium in East Java claimed the lives of 135 spectators, FIFA announced on Wednesday that it was committed to helping the PSSI.
Even though they are hosting the Under-20 World Cup, Indonesia has not participated in the competition since 1979.