FIFA = The Fédération Internationale de Football Association announced on the 29th that it has canceled the holding of the men's under-5 men's World Cup in Indonesia, which will start in May, which had already qualified for Japan. We hope to quickly decide on a new venue.
The men's under-20 soccer World Cup was scheduled to be played in Indonesia from 24 May to 5 June with 20 teams participating.
FIFA President Infantino and the president of the Indonesian Football Association held a meeting and canceled the event based on the situation in Indonesia.
FIFA says there is no change to the tournament schedule at this time and hopes to decide on a new venue as soon as possible.
Japan also qualified for this tournament by finishing in the final four of the Asian Cup under 6 held in Uzbekistan this month.
In Indonesia, there are protests against Israel, which is scheduled to participate.
The announcement of the cancellation seems to have been influenced by a series of voices against Israel, which has no diplomatic relations in Indonesia, to participate, and disappointment is spreading.
Indonesia was selected to host the men's under-5 soccer tournament to be held from May to June. However, some political parties and Islamic groups insisted that Israel, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel, should not be allowed to participate in the Palestinian issue, which led to protests.
Under these circumstances, FIFA announced on the 6th that it would cancel the event in Indonesia and decide on a new venue based on the local situation. It seems that the influence was due to a series of voices against Israel's participation.
FIFA says it will "make a decision on the possibility of imposing sanctions on the Indonesian Football Association in due course."
Indonesian Football Association President Eric Thohir issued a statement saying, "We did our best and we must accept FIFA's decision."
As it was the first international soccer tournament to be hosted by Indonesia, there was widespread disappointment, and a man in the capital Jakarta said, "You can't confuse politics and sports, and it will cause great losses to athletes." Another male university student said, "I'm not convinced, I should still be ready."