Ex-FIFA Boss Sepp Blatter Endorses 2026 World Cup In Morocco

Ex-FIFA Boss Sepp Blatter Endorses 2026 World Cup In Morocco

With the Moroccan government having already stated its support for the country to stage the 2026 World Cup, US president Donald Trump is being urged to issue the same guarantees, with bid books due to be handed over to Federation Internationale de Football Association in mid-March. Since 2002, there were co-hosting bids for the 2010 and 2018 World Cup.

But Blatter, of course, feels as if Morocco would be better suited than the North American trio to host for who knows why.

Morocco is bidding for the fifth time to host the World Cup, having also tried for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 tournaments.

Blatter believes it "is time for Africa again" to host the ultimate global tournament.

The three-nation US/Canada/Mexico bid is odds-on favourite to win the vote among FIFA's members in June, especially given its superior infrastructure for what will be the first World Cup to comprise 48 teams. Tunisia and Libya submitted a co-host bid for the 2010 World Cup, but eventually withdrew.

The investigations into corruption within world football, including World Cup vote buying, were initiated by USA law enforcement, a point that may explain Blatter's stance, particularly as he wanted the 2022 World Cup to go to the US and not Qatar.

Morocco's bid to host the tournament was supported by several African countries and football institutions, including the African Confederation of Football (CAF) that showed an unwavering support for the Moroccan candidacy.

Samoura's letter to the Associated Press reads: "All public statements by football officials in support of one bidder are admissible provided that they meet the underlying principles of ethical behavior".