A U-20 South American that was a roller coaster for the Colombian National Team, with flashes of good football but also matches full of doubts, could remain an anecdote if the news about the World Cup in Indonesia is true.

A press version ensures that the event, scheduled from May 20 to June 11, will could not be carried out due to political causes.

This is also what the Indonesian Football Federation foresees, which this Sunday issued a forceful statement explaining the reasons behind the possible cancellation.

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They would cancel the U-20 World Cup for political reasons

The U-20 World Cup draw, scheduled for March 31, was postponed, according to the Indonesian Federation.

The reasons are due to the rejection of the Government of the Island of Bali, Indonesia, for Israel to participate in the Cup.

The governor of that area, Wayan Koster, asked the Indonesian government to veto Israel because «Israel’s policies towards Palestine are inconsistent with the policies of the Republic of Indonesia.»

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For the Federation of Indonesia (PSSI, by its acronym in Indonesian), «This may be a reason for Fifa to cancel the FIFA U-20 World Cup Draw. Because, for Fifa, the Governor’s refusal is the same as canceling the performance guarantee that has been issued by the Provincial Government of bali»as read in his most recent statement.

«PSSI Executive Committee (Exco) Member Arya Sinulingga revealed that PSSI would anticipate the worst possible outcome of Fifa’s decision. From PSSI we are thinking about saving Indonesian football. Because Fifa sanctions can isolate Indonesian football from the world,» the letter reads.

So far, Fifa has not ruled on the matter.

The concern in Indonesia

Papua, Indonesia, epicenter of the quake.

In recent days there has been concern on the part of football fans on social networks regarding the fate of the celebration of the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia. According to the Federation, these are the concerns:

«If Indonesia cancels the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2023, netizens are worried about several things. First, Indonesia will be frozen by Fifa. Secondly, Indonesia may be criticized by other countries for not complying with Fifa’s mandate.

Third, Indonesia is not allowed to participate in activities related to the Fifa calendar. In fourth place, Indonesia will not have another chance to be selected by Fifa to host a sporting event.

Fifth, Indonesia will be blacked out as a candidate to host the 2034 World Cup. Sixth, the world sports federation will consider not choosing Indonesia to host sporting events, including the Olympic Games.

Seventh, Indonesia will be criticized for acting in a discriminatory manner, mixing sports with politics. Eighth, players, coaches, referees, clubs and communities will lose their livelihoods and more than 500,000 people will be directly affected if Indonesian football is stopped.

Ninth, U-16, U-19 and U-20 national teams cannot participate in international football events if PSSI is frozen by FIFA and results in a loss of economic potential of almost trillions of rupees«.

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