Rabat – Moroccan fans in Russia did not hide their anger towards Saudi fans in St. Petersburg, Russia. Saudi Arabia not only voted for United 2026, but also campaigned against Morocco in the vote for the host of the 2026 World Cup.
Besides setting the mood, chanting, and dancing to support Morocco for its first game against Iran, Friday, June 15, at 3 p.m. (Moroccan time), Moroccan fans did not forget to remind Saudi Arabians, especially the president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, Turki Al Sheikh, of their betrayal by booing and insulting them.
The fans perfectly represent the mood of millions of Moroccans taken aback by Saudi Arabia’s decision to vote for the trio bid of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, to organize the 2026 World Cup.
While Moroccans were hoping all Arab countries would vote for Morocco’s bid, they were surprised to see that seven Arab countries voted for the United 2026 bid. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq all voted against the Moroccan bid.
Upon the announcement of the final results of the vote, Moroccans took massively to social media to lash out at Saudi Arabia for “betraying” Morocco and “stabbing it” in the back. Saudi Arabia did not only vote for the United 2026, but it also embarked on a last minute campaign to pressure many Muslim and Asian countries to vote for the North American bid.