President Jokowi Waits for Erick Thohir’s Report Regarding Potential Sanctions from FIFA Following the Cancellation of the U-20 World Cup

President Jokowi Waits for Erick Thohir's Report Regarding Potential Sanctions from FIFA Following the Cancellation of the U-20 World Cup, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is waiting for a report from PSSI General Chair Erick Thohir regarding potential sanctions that could be imposed by FIFA following Indonesia’s removal from hosting the 2023 U-20 World Cup.

“Yes (sanctions) later after I meet Pak Erick what it will be like,” Jokowi told the media crew after the inauguration of the Lido Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Bogor, West Java, Friday.

It is known that President Jokowi previously sent the General Chair of PSSI to deliver a letter directly to FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, March 29, regarding the continuation of the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia.

However, after that meeting, FIFA announced Indonesia’s elimination by citing the current situation as the reason without explaining in detail.

Through its official announcement, FIFA also said that there would be sanctions that could be imposed on Indonesia in the near future.

President Jokowi emphasized that he had asked the General Chairperson of PSSI to immediately report the results of his meeting with the President of FIFA as well as discuss the potential sanctions that Indonesia might face.

“Yes, I don’t know (the sanction), last night or this morning (the general chairman of PSSI) had arrived or not, he said if he came, he would immediately report to me,” he said.

The announcement of Indonesia’s exclusion from hosting the 2023 U-20 World Cup came after the last few weeks were full of pros and cons for the Israeli U-20 National Team’s participation in the event, including the rejection voiced by Bali Governor I Wayan Koster and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo.

This expulsion practically means that Indonesia has reneged on its commitment to host the U-20 World Cup which was obtained in 2019 and leaves potential sanctions.

The sanction that is already clearly felt is the cancellation of the U-20 national team taking part in the event, because it only has a final round ticket as the host after failing to qualify from the qualifying route after being unable to penetrate the top four of the 2023 U-20 Asian Cup.

Deputy Chairman of PSSI Zainudin Amali on Thursday, March 30, considered that the situation this time was different and there was a potential for more severe penalties compared to when FIFA imposed sanctions in 2015 because the government was deemed to have intervened at PSSI at that time.

Some of these potential sanctions are not being able to hold matches that are recognized by FIFA, even tickets to the 2023 Asian Cup finals which are already in the hands of Shin Tae-yong’s foster children are not impossible to just expire.

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