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Indonesia stripped of FIFA tournament, killing World Cup dream

Nation denied event after protests erupted over Israel's participation

Indonesia has been denied the opportunity to host this year's U-20 World Cup after it opposed the entry of the Israeli team.   © AP

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's football federation lamented FIFA's decision to strip the country of hosting this year's U-20 World Cup, saying it may end the nation's hopes of hosting the senior event.

"Our dream to bid for co-hosting the senior World Cup 2034 might have gone with this incident," said Zainudin Amali, vice chairman of PSSI, as the local football association is known, on Thursday.

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