KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has relinquished the rights to host the 2017 FIFA Congress, a sports activities official stated Monday after it refused to situation visas to Israeli delegates.
“We have been suggested by the federal government to withdraw from internet hosting the congress resulting from safety points,” Affandi Hamzah, deputy president of the Soccer Affiliation of Malaysia, informed AFP.
Affandi declined to elaborate on the “safety points” however stated the transfer was tied to feedback by Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi over the weekend.
Zahid had stated Malaysia was unable to offer visas to Israeli officers as a result of it didn’t have diplomatic ties and will rile up native sensitivities.
“A few of the circumstances of internet hosting the occasion embrace putting the [Israeli] flag on the desk in the course of the congress,” he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Occasions on-line.
“After evaluating the advantages and the dangers, it’s higher for Malaysia to keep away from enjoying host.”
Affandi stated the FAM had in July written to FIFA informing them it was withdrawing from internet hosting the occasion on “authorities recommendation” and the world soccer physique accepted Malaysia’s choice.
Malaysia has no diplomatic ties with Israel however has stood up for the rights of Palestinians. Malaysia’s transfer additionally follows hypothesis of snap elections within the first half of subsequent yr.
Former Asian Soccer Confederation common secretary Peter Velappan described Malaysia’s failure to host the occasion as “painful”.
“All of the sudden Malaysia places restrictions. Violating the FIFA circumstances and dropping the internet hosting rights at this stage could be very painful,” he stated.
Israel missed the 2015 Youth Crusing World Championships in Malaysia, reportedly after an identical row over visas and flags.
In 1997, when Israel performed the Worldwide Cricket Council Trophy competitors in Malaysia, a whole lot of individuals took half in indignant demonstrations.
Protestors additionally took to the streets and burned Singapore and Israeli flags when the then Israeli president Chaim Herzog made an official go to to the neighbouring metropolis-state in 1986.
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