Ratu Tisha, the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) representative, has asserted that all attendees, irrespective of their designation, will be treated equally at the U17 World Cup Final, affirming that there will be no special treatment for presidential and vice-presidential candidates. This announcement comes following inquiries about the potential attendance of such high-profile individuals at the event.
No Special Treatment at U17 World Cup
The U17 World Cup Final, a pivotal event in the football calendar, attracts attention from a multitude of sectors, including political figures. Despite the allure of such a platform, the PSSI remains committed to the ethos of fairness and impartiality within sports events, ensuring the spotlight remains on the athletes and the competition.
A Fair Game On and Off the Field
Present in the crowd, and in the spirit of the decision, was Mali's Ibrahim Diarra, who celebrated with his team after scoring the opening goal during the U-17 World Cup third-place playoff soccer match against Argentina. This moment encapsulates the essence of the game - the joy, the camaraderie, and the shared passion for football that transcends any political or social standing.
Germany U17 World Cup captain Noah Darvich, who recently moved to Barcelona, echoed similar sentiments. He expressed satisfaction with his progression and credited his football idol, Lionel Messi, for inspiring him. These players' stories emphasize the true spirit of the game, where recognition and progress are earned, not granted.