MAROS, THENUSANTARAPOST.COM-The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Jokowi asked all parties to respect the decision of the International Football Federation (FIFA) to cancel the 2023 U-20 Football World Cup in Indonesia.
“Last night I received a report from the General Chairperson of PSSI that FIFA has decided to cancel the U20 World Cup in Indonesia. Of course we have to respect and accept this decision,” said the President, in his statement at Sultan Hasanuddin Air Force Base, Maros Regency, South Sulawesi, Thursday (30/03/2023) evening.
Jokowi admitted that he understood that the decision had disappointed the Indonesian people, including himself. However, he asked that people not spend energy blaming each other.
“As a great nation we must look forward, not backward. Make this a valuable lesson for all of us, for Indonesian national football,” he said.
Jokowi has also asked the general chairman of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI), Erick Thohir, to make every effort so that Indonesia does not receive sanctions.
“I have asked the General Chairperson of PSSI, Mr. Erick Thohir, to continue to make every effort so that Indonesian football is not subject to sanctions. Including the opportunity to host other international events,” he said (Wan)