Shin Tae-yong, head coach of the Indonesian national soccer team, expressed regret when his participation in the finals became unclear due to the deprivation of the right to host the U-20 World Cup.
Coach Shin Tae-yong said in an interview with 토토사이트,CNN Indonesia on the 30th (Korean time), “I feel complicated because I have prepared for the U-20 World Cup for the past 3 years and 6 months. “The dreams and hopes of young players have disappeared,” he said.
The International Football Federation (FIFA) officially announced on the same day that “Indonesia will be excluded from the U-20 World Cup host country” and that “the date of the tournament will not be changed and a new venue will be announced as soon as possible.” The conflict between Indonesia and Israel lies behind FIFA’s decision. Israel qualified for the finals by passing the European qualifiers, but Islamic groups in Indonesia opposed Israel’s participation in the World Cup. It was because Israel was oppressing the Islamic State of Palestine. The Indonesian governor of Bali also urged the central government to deny entry to the Israeli soccer team. It is known that the Israeli national team also expressed reluctance to participate in the tournament held in Indonesia for reasons such as safety.
In the end, FIFA deprived Indonesia of the hosting rights, and Indonesia, which had qualified for the finals as a host country, is unlikely to be able to step on the stage of this World Cup. “The players are very disappointed. If the right to advance to the finals is maintained, normal training will begin, but nothing has been decided yet.” “When the Indonesian Football Association president returns, we will think about future plans. The priority now is to stabilize the players.”