Trump tweets threat to opponents of USA 2026 World Cup bid

Trump tweets threat to opponents of USA 2026 World Cup bid

As well as Morocco, the United States, Mexico and Canada are making a joint bid to host the 2026 tournament, which will feature 48 teams.

Morocco's bid is likely to earn significant support from African nations, and soccer federations from several European countries - including Russia, France and Belgium - also have announced they will back Morocco.

"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", Trump told reporters after meeting with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, via TicToc. "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?"

Trump said he and Buhari did not discuss reports in January that said the USA president referred to African nations as "s--hole countries".

Trump did not specify which countries he was referring to, but it is widely expected that Morocco will have the support of virtually the entire African continent and a great bloc of Middle Eastern countries.

The 2026 World Cup bid will be awarded this summer.

According to Cole Pavlicek, a soccer fan and film student at Scottsdale Community College (SCC), the 2026 FIFA World Cup should be given to a nation (s) that has suitable plans to use the facilities wise when the tournament ends.

"As a general rule, we can not comment on specific statements in connection with the bidding process", the worldwide governing body said in a statement.

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Some analysts say Trump's heavy-handed intervention could tilt support away from North American bid.

After Trump's tweet, the sport's global governing body pointed to its Bid Rules of Conduct, which warn against "any undue influence on the outcome".

"You see what's happening with respect to trade and the United States".

The North American bid boasts large stadiums and excellent infrastructure but is no certainty to win the June vote.

Last Thursday, Trump praised the bid on Twitter, adding remarks that some observers construed as a veiled threat: "The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada and Mexico for the 2026 World Cup".

The last time the US hosted the World Cup was in 1994.

Samoura and Diouf both publicly rejected the allegation saying they were not family members.

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