The 2023 Under-20 World Cup is looking for a new home.
After Wednesday’s meeting between FIFA president Gianni Infantino and president of the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) Erick Thohir, the organization decided, due to the current circumstances, to remove Indonesia as the host of the 2023 Under-20 World Cup.
FIFA said that a new host will be announced as soon as possible, with the dates of the tournament currently remaining unchanged. Potential sanctions against the PSSI may also be decided at a later stage, the organization added in a statement.
“FIFA would like to underline that despite this decision, it remains committed to actively assisting the PSSI, in close cooperation and with the support of the government of president Widodo, in the transformation process of Indonesian football following the tragedy that occurred in October 2022,” FIFA said in a statement. “Members of the FIFA team will continue to be present in Indonesia in the coming months and will provide the required assistance to the PSSI, under the leadership of President Thohir.”
The tragedy that FIFA was referring to was that some 125 people were killed and more than 300 others injured at at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, after angry Arema Football Club fans ran onto the field after their teams’ 3-2 loss to Persebaya Surabaya.
The tournament is scheduled to be played from May 20-June 11.
The United States qualified for that competition in 2022.
A new meeting between Infantino and Thohir for further discussions will be scheduled shortly, according to FIFA.