The Netherlands will not take part in the World Cup in 2019 after a vote by the country’s soccer federation to ban all Dutch players from participating due to the Zika virus.
The Dutch Football Federation, known as the FCB, voted 4-3 on Monday to revoke the ban, which had been in place since late March, after the country was hit by a record number of cases of the virus.
The ban is due to expire at the end of May.
“We are very disappointed and disappointed that the FCBs decision will not be implemented as it will be against the wishes of the players,” Dutch soccer federation president Christoph Wulff told reporters.
“It is not right that the Netherlands should not participate in the FIFA World Cup and the future of the sport.”
Wulff added that the ban was the first step towards a new World Cup.
The World Cup, which starts on Aug. 11 in Russia, has drawn huge crowds of more than 2 million people and will feature more than 30 countries.