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Indonesia's bid to host the 2022 World Cup bid ends

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England faces stiff competition to win the World Cup bids

Indonesia are out of the running to host the 2022 World Cup, football's governing body Fifa has said.

Fifa announced that Indonesia were no longer a candidate as they had failed to provide government guarantees.

"The government said their main concern was the people of the country and they would not support the bid," said Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke.

Meanwhile, a move to impose an eight-year limit on the office of Fifa president has been heavily defeated.

Asian federation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam had proposed the limit from 2011 onwards at the Fifa executive committee meeting in Zurich, but the motion was rejected by 15 votes to five with one abstention.


Fifa president Sepp Blatter is currently in his third term in office.

Indonesia was considered to be an outsider of the 11 original candidates which applied to host the tournament in 2018 or 2022.

Organisers of the bid had pledged to build seven new stadiums with matches to be played in 11 cities.

"[The government's] main concern is to develop the country and they will not support the bid committee as much as Fifa requested," added Valcke.

"We have informed Indonesia that because they have failed to provide a number of documents and guarantees, Indonesia is not any more a candidate for 2022."

England now faces competition from Australia, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands/Belgium, Russia, Spain/Portugal and the United States in its bid to host the prestigious World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

Qatar and South Korea are bidding to host the 2022 competition only.

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