President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 30, 2018.
Morocco is bidding to become the second African team to ever host the soccer World Cup in 2026-but Donald Trump stands in the way.
The new event is due to launch later this year and is created to replace friendly matches in favour of more competitive contests.
The US, Mexico and Canada have introduced a joint bid to host the 2026 edition.
"We will be watching very closely, and any help they can give us in that bid, we would appreciate". "I hope all African countries and countries throughout the world, that we also will be supporting you and that they will likewise support us in our bid, along with Canada and Mexico, for the 2026 World Cup". Instead, Trump is dangling a carrot and a stick: he's effectively threatened to cut aid and other forms of support to countries that oppose the joint North American bid. "We can only refer to the FIFA regulations for the selection of the venue for the final competition of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and in particular to the bid rules of conduct incorporated therein".
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Gianni Infantino has suggested a mini-World Cup is held every two years featuring eight national teams, in place of the traditional global showpiece that's used as "preparation" for the FIFA World Cup.
But Morocco has secured support from the influential Confederation of African Football as well as countries in Europe, notably France.
Bring the incredible atmosphere of the World Cup right into your home, with all 32 teams ready for action, each of the 12 stadiums accurately recreated and all packed to the rafters with fans, allowing you to immerse yourself into the tournament. Federation Internationale de Football Association members will vote to choose the host of the 2026 edition on June 13. 16 more teams will compete in this tournament, adding more games and changing the group stage, which will have three teams.