Rage and sadness in Indonesia after FIFA cancels Under-20 World Cup

Indonesian footballers, fans and pundits reacted with anger and sadness on Thursday after FIFA canceled the Under-20 World Cup weeks before it kicked off due to protests against Israel’s involvement.

The humiliating defeat came after two influential governors campaigned for Israel’s ban from the competition.

Indonesia and Israel have no official diplomatic relations, and support for the Palestinian cause in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country is gaining momentum, fueling local resistance to accepting an Israeli team.

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