While the Moroccan committee has announced its determination to promote its bid to host the World Cup in 2026 until the deadline, CONMEBOL refused the North Africans a chance to make a final presentation of the bid before June 13, when football associations will sit to vote for their favorite candidate.
International sports outlet ESPN reported yesterday that the South American confederation promised to vote for United 2026 in April.
“We have to answer with a refusal to your request due to the fact that the time available for presentations at the Moscow meeting will be limited,” CONMEBOL wrote in their refusal letter to the Moroccan committee, according to ESPN.
The South American confederation backed up its argument, saying that it has already heard Morocco’s presentation.
“Your BID has already presented the project to our Council Members,” in May, CONMEBOL said.
Finishing its statement, the confederation added that it has already “confirmed its commitment to support the Canada, Mexico and USA bid.”
Morocco World News contacted FIFA today to inquire about whether it has a stance regarding such situations, but did not receive any answer yet.
Morocco’s bid has clinched the right to go to the last phase to compete with United 2026 for the hosting rights of the tournament. The FIFA Task Force validated the Moroccan bid as an eligible host on June 1.
The Moroccan bid committee has been touring Gulf countries in the recent weeks. The committee landed in Qatar, Oman, and the Emirates, hoping to get their votes to host the World Cup 2026.
The bid committee has convinced several countries to support the North African bid, including France, Qatar, Botswana, Nigeria, France, Russia, Palestine, Luxembourg, Qatar, Tunisia, Algeria, Belgium, Saint Lucia, and Serbia.