The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA,Football,Soccer,Football,Soccer) stripped Indonesia of hosting the U-20 Men’s World Cup, scheduled between May 20 and June 11, 2023, due to its objection to the participation of the Israeli national team. FIFA,Football,Soccer,Football,Soccer said in a statement today / Wednesday /: "A new host will be announced as soon as possible, with tournament dates currently remaining unchanged"pointing to "sanctions" Possible against the Indonesian Federation for the game, without giving additional details on the reasons for withdrawing the championship and content with the phrase "due to the current circumstances". The draw for the tournament scheduled for next Friday had been canceled, due to the call of the governor of Bali Province to exclude "Israel" From the tournament held in six cities with the participation of 24 teams. FIFA,Football,Soccer,Football,Soccer confirmed that despite this decision "He remains committed to assisting the Indonesian Football Federation, in close cooperation and with the assistance of President Widodo’s government, in the process of transforming Indonesian football after the tragedy that occurred in October 2022.". He said: FIFA,Football,Soccer,Football,Soccer team members will continue to be present in Indonesia in the coming months, and will provide assistance to the Indonesian Federation under the leadership of President Thohir.". In reaction after FIFA,Football,Soccer,Football,Soccer’s decision, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced that he would send FIFA,Football,Soccer,Football,Soccer President Eric Thohir, former president of the Italian club Inter, to hold talks with FIFA,Football,Soccer,Football,Soccer officials and said:"I sent the president of the Indonesian Football Association, Eric Thohir, to meet with FIFA,Football,Soccer,Football,Soccer in order to find the best solution". Officials had previously confirmed that a possible factor in canceling the lottery was Bali Governor Ian Koster’s call for disqualification "Israel" Because of its policies towards the Palestinians, in a letter addressed to the Ministry of Youth and Sports last month. It is noteworthy that Indonesia was subjected to one of the worst stadium disasters in the history of football, which led to the death of 135 people in a stampede in the city of Malang, east Java last October, including more than forty children.
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