European Leagues oppose revamped FIFA Club World Cup and Nations League

05 May, 2018, 13:23 | Author: Myra Gill
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But Russian soccer has also made headlines for a string of racist incidents, including at Russia´s friendly against France in March while the country has pledged to combat discriminatory behaviour at sporting events. "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".

"Would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the United States bid", Trump wrote, insinuating broader financial implications for nations with pro-Morocco federations.

"I wouldn't be stunned if Morocco won this", Jaimie Fuller, one of the founding members of the New FIFA Now advocacy group, told AFP in an interview last week.

The US, Mexico and Canada have introduced a joint bid to host the 2026 edition. The US hosted the tournament 24 years ago.

The Confederations Cup, now staged every four years in a year before the World Cup, would be abolished.

On September 9 previous year, Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino kicked off the first phase of the tour, which saw the trophy visit 16 Russian cities before it moved on to its global tour in January. Morocco is the other country pushing for the tournament. The first was South Africa in 2010.

Members of soccer's global governing body, FIFA's Congress, will meet in Moscow on June 13 to select the host.

"As of now, I can say for sure that the president will attend the World Cup opening match, which will involve Team Russia and Team Saudi Arabia", he said, reports Tass news agency.

Caf's move to thwart any potential distractions on the road to Russian Federation throws deep into spotlight African teams who would be bidding to at least reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time ever.

The 2026 edition will be different from previous tournaments as it will see the start of the expansion.



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