Malaysia loses rights to host the 2017 FIFA Congress

Malaysia will not be able to host the 67th FIFA Congress next year, said latest reports on ESPN.

FIFA has revoked Malaysia’s rights to host the 2017 FIFA Congress after the the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) failed to guarantee visas for all its delegates at the Congress. It is understood that the decision was made and communicated to FAM last week.

The withdrawal is seen as a huge blow to FAM, which had started preparations to host one of the key events on in the world of football and where it is also set to also discuss the bidding process to hold the 2026 Fifa World Cup.

Kuala Lumpur’s FIFA executive committee was granted hosting rights in 2013, which would have made it the third Asian capital city to host the all-important Congress after Tokyo and Seoul in 1964 and 2002 respectively.

A local sports news portal, FourFourTwo also reported, among reasons given by FIFA on this matter include the fact that Malaysia does not have political ties and its citizens are not able travel freely between the Malaysia and Isreal.

A+M has reached out to FAM for a statement and calls to FAM for a statement or comment were unanswered at time of writing.

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