Rabat - FIFA President Gianni Infantino will spend two days in Morocco for Throne Day.
Rabat – FIFA President Gianni Infantino will spend two days in Morocco for Throne Day.
The 48-year-old Swiss-Italian was invited to attend Throne Day celebrations on Monday, July 30, announced the Chairman of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Faouzi Lekjaa, on Tuesday, July 24, during the MAP forum.
The event, held today in Rabat under the theme “FRMF action report and evaluation of the Moroccan participation in the World Cup 2018,” discussed current issues in various fields—political, economic and social. It was attended by representatives of government bodies and the media as well as other personalities.
In his presentation, Lekjaa said, “The results achieved in terms of training in the field of football do not reflect the ambitions or expectations, since the project is at its beginning.”
Infantino’s relationship with Morocco has known some ups and down in the past year, especially during Morocco’s 2026 World Cup campaign; the FIFA president was accused of trying to sabotage Morocco’s candidacy to let United 2026 win the bid.
Tensions continued to simmer after the national team’s unfair treatment during the 2018 World Cup in Russia where refereeing mistakes committed against Moroccan players cost the national team its qualification into the Round of 16.
Morocco blamed FIFA for prioritizing big teams and foregoing the use of video assistant referee (VAR) for the games with African teams.
Despite these conflicts, Morocco and Infantino seem to have buried the hatchet. In his invitation of FIFA’s president to Throne Day, Lekjaa may see an opportunity to talk about the idea of a joint bid with Tunisia and Algeria for the 2030 World Cup.