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USA, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

13 June 2018 12:52

The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico after their joint bid beat Morocco's.

FIFA made the announcement on Wednesday that the three-pronged bid won 134 votes to 65, giving them the right to host football's showpiece event.

USA, Canada and Mexico had been considered favourites throughout the bidding process, despite some suggesting the controversial politics of American president Donald Trump could help Morocco.

The African nation also received the boost of US-governed territories Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and US Virgin Islands abstaining from voting due to a perceived conflict of interest.

Spain also did not vote. Luis Rubiales was not present at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, the RFEF president instead in Krasnodar to deliver the news that Julen Lopetegui had been sacked as coach just two days before their opening game with Portugal.

The winning bid had been seen as the safer option given the standard of facilities and number of stadiums available, while a FIFA evaluation report had called Morocco's bid "high risk".

"On behalf of our United Bid, thank you so very much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege, the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026," an emotional US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on stage after the vote.

"The beautiful game transcends borders and cultures. Football today is the only victor."

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