SuaraTasikmalaya.id – Indonesia has finally been officially removed by FIFA as the host of the U-20 World Cup. As reported by the official website of fifa.com, Wednesday night (29/03/23).
“Following today’s meeting between FIFA President Gianni Infantino and President of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) Erick Thohir, FIFA has decided, due to the current circumstances, to remove Indonesia as the host of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023. The new host will announced as soon as possible, with the current tournament date remaining unchanged. Potential sanctions against PSSI can also be decided at a later stage.”
That was the first paragraph of FIFA’s statement regarding the cancellation of Indonesia as the host of the U-20 PD which was scheduled to be held from 20 May 2023.
Because the host status was revoked, the U-20 Indonesian national team automatically canceled their appearance at the World Cup. The slot left by the Garuda national team will be filled with a substitute host national team when it is announced later.
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The hopes of the nation’s children have vanished to compete in a grand event like the U-20 World Cup. Like falling down a ladder, this cancellation was also supposed to be followed by a number of FIFA sanctions against Indonesian football activities.
Shortly after the FIFA decision was published, the hashtag ‘Golput’ became a trending topic on Twitter.
Netizens seem to connect Indonesia’s failure to become the host of the 2023 U-20 PD with political polemic in the country. Especially after a number of high-ranking officials rejected the presence of the Israeli national team in Indonesia.
Netizens are disappointed that the World Cup could fail to be held in Indonesia because this grand event is close to the political year ahead of the 2024 elections. Here are some of the tweets:
@diayunia *** : life is a choice BUT I WANT TO GOLP AJALACH HEHEHEH
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@RAsria*** : None golput rame2
@dimasobr *** : political but uneducated. Rats and mice with ties scavenge validation that only depends on salary, politics criticizes being criticized gets sanctioned. Everything is over, in fact it was only a dream. #2024? anti-party. Abstentions!!
@sayajungkook*** : and if I become golput on my first ever election in 2024 you guys know why… gatau gue malu banget
@yuknonton*** : Taek, better golput
@andhika *** : Disappointed and going to Golput
@Nunanini_n *** : The officials themselves tripped up everything. The voice of the people is silenced, the dreams of young people are mutilated by politics. Want to make progress? It’s difficult if the authority has all the contents. Don’t be surprised if in 2024 tomorrow there will be many abstentions including me
@Luckyme *** : Next year fix golput
@dioluc *** : It’s a loss, Grandma, you don’t abstain, at least the ballots are all cast, so there won’t be any abuse later on…
@OProjec*** : I don’t really like football, but for 2024 I can play football.