.Morocco fourth time unlucky
With 67 per cent of the votes, the United won the bid to co-host the 2026 world cup with Canada and Mexico. The North American country defeated Morocco, the African country that had been on the bid, loosing with 33 per cent. Reacting to the victory, US football president, Carlos Cordeiro reported said
“Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege. We are all united in football, the beautiful game transcends borders and cultures. Football today is the only victor.”
“ We’ve had a look at the numbers and it seems of the 211 Fifa nations, there were 200 eligible votes. Of those, 134 went for the USA, Mexico and Canada bid. That left 65 votes for Morocco and there was one nation – Togo – who ticked the box for neither bid.”, says Fifa
Morocco have unsuccessfully bid for the World Cup on four occasions, and Fifa have identified three “high risk” areas with their bid, with stadia, accommodation and transport all issues
Did money play a role? Richard Conway, BBC Correspondents thinks so. He said: “After years of covering Fifa politics and voting decisions I’ve learnt one thing: follow the money.
“This vote for the 2026 World Cup has been taken out of the hands of a small cabal of Fifa executives and entrusted to its 211 member associations. It is supposed to reduce the risk of corruption – something Fifa desperately needed to do following past controversies.
“So where does the money come in this time? The US, Canada and Mexico joint bid is promising Fifa associations vast profits of $11bn (£8.2bn). That compares with around $6bn (£4.48bn) from Morocco. That kind of cash – divested over many years and relied on by many smaller football associations to survive and develop the game – makes a compelling argument. So too do promises of a risk-free build-up in three countries where infrastructure is strong and the stadiums are already built.
“The people connected to the two rival bids have exuded confidence in recent days. But money talks in Fifa land. I expect it will again on Wednesday.”