Trump's Travel Ban Could Invalidate US Bid To Host 2026 World Cup

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Trump's Travel Ban Could Invalidate US Bid To Host 2026 World Cup

Currently, citizens from six nations - all majority-Muslim countries in Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya - are not allowed to enter the United States in Mr Trump's updated restrictions.

Gianni Infantino, the president of the global soccer governing body, said on Thursday that the president's executive order preventing people from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the USA could put America out of the running for even bidding to hold the iconic tournament.

"We are now in the process of defining the bid requirements".

The 2026 World Cup Finals will be the first to feature an enlarged 48-team format, which Federation Internationale de Football Association voted in favor of in January.

This is not exactly a new stance; after all, the United States isn't the first country considered for a bid to have visa requirements and travel bans in place.

CONCACAF, which includes the U.S., Mexico and Canada, has not hosted since 1994 and is now the favorite for 2026.

CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, is mulling a three-way joint bid for the 2026 World Cup between the United States, Mexico and Canada. "If players can not come because of political decisions, or populist decisions, then the World Cup can not be played there".

While Iran is the only one of the six banned nations that has qualified and played in the World Cup in the past, that can and should be besides the point.

The United States is now favourite to win the rights to host the 2026 World Cup, which will be expanded from 32 to 48 teams, either on its own or in partnership with Mexico and Canada. "The requirements will be clear".

To his credit, Infantino noted that as the President of the United States, Trump has every right to do what he feels he must for his country. "He's in charge, together with his government, to take the decisions that are best for his country".

Infantino went out of his way to say that this wasn't a criticism of Trump specifically, and explained that travel bans upheld by any country are simply irreconcilable with the nature of the event, which is based on the ideal of being a truly global event featuring nations from around the world.

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