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Indonesia left reeling with anger and sorrow over loss of under-20s World Cup hosting bid due to Israel.

FIFA has cancelled Indonesia’s U-20 World Cup hosting weeks before the deadline after local governors called for Israel’s exclusion due to its policies toward Palestinians. Tensions about Indonesia’s hosting of Israel have been raised as the country supports the Palestinian cause and has no official diplomatic ties with Israel. Critics claim the decision could push Indonesia back to isolation, and the country risks further sanctions which could exclude them from qualifying for the 2026 World Cup. Indonesian officials have said that the tournament’s withdrawal will cost them hundreds of millions of dollars.

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