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‘Morocco is 2026 World Cup Logical Host’: Former FIFA President

‘Morocco is 2026 World Cup Logical Host’: Former FIFA President

Rabat – On Thursday, former FIFA President Sepp Blatter expressed his support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid. According to Blatter, “Morocco would be the logical host” of the 2026 World Cup.

The former boss, who has been banned for approving a GBP 1.35 million to French football manager Michel Platini, made his opinion clear through a tweet on Thursday, February 22.

The ex-FIFA president wrote on his Twitter that “Co-Hosting rejected by FIFA after 2002 (also applied in 2010 and 2018). and now: Morocco would be the logical host!”

The only African country that won the right to host FIFA’s World Cup was the southernmost African country, South Africa, in 2010. Morocco’s newest bid to host the tournament is going to be the fifth for the country, after those of 1994,1998,2006 and 2010.

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

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.

In January,  CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said that it is unfortunate that “ a continent with an impressive football history hosted the world cup only once throughout history.” The only African country, which won the right to host FIFA’s World Cup was South Africa. The southernmost African country was a host for the tournament in 2010.

Morocco submitted its candidacy to host the 2026 World Cup on August 11, 2017. A few days later, Ahmad called on heads of football confederation in Africa to show support for Morocco’s bid. CAF president said that it is a must for Africans to show “clear” and “massive” support for Morocco as it is determined to become the second African country to host the football event.

Morocco’s bid might receive a boost. In fact, FIFA in 2010 Ghana, Benin, Togo sought to co-host the enormous tournament, however, Blatter said that FIFA was not considering potential co-hosts  unless there are “exceptional circumstances.”

Morocco will compete in the 21st World Cup tournament that will take place this summer in Russia.

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