Malaysia withdraws from hosting Fifa 2017 congress after refusing to issue visas to Israel delegates.

Malaysia has given up its rights to host the 2017 Fifa Congress after it decided it did not want to upset local sensitivities by hosting an event that would require issuing visas to Israeli delegates as well as displaying the Israeli flag during the congress.

Officially, Afandi Hamzah, the Deputy President of the Football Association of Malaysia told AFP: “We were advised by the government to withdraw from hosting the congress due to security issues.” Afandi declined to elaborate on what the “security issues” were but said it was tied to comments made by the Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi over the weekend.

Malaysia was scheduled to have hosted the 67th Fifa Congress in Kuala Lumpur on 11 and 12 May 2017. Moscow will host the congress on 12 and 13 June 2018.

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