Europe's top leagues oppose Federation Internationale de Football Association plans for Nations League & Club World Cup

06 May, 2018, 14:20 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Germany players celebrate after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Morocco's bid so far secured the support of the bulk of Africa and the Arab and Muslim world with many countries in Europe pledging to vote for it as it offers a compact tournament on Europe's doorsteps.

The tournament will span 12 stadiums and 11 host cities across the European part of Russian Federation.

On Monday, Trump also called for African countries to support the bid while speaking at the White House alongside Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari.

Almost a month after publicly announcing its support for Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has rescinded its support, claiming that it has not decided whether to support the African bid or the North American joint bid.

"We will be watching very closely, and any help they could give us in that bid we would appreciate". "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?"

Federation Internationale de Football Association released a statement shortly after the tweet, reminding people that they can not comment on statements about the bidding process.

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The Russian leader also praised organisers and listed ways in which the tournament would benefit host cities in the long term.

Last month, Olsson criticized FIFA's "expansion drive" after a 48-team World Cup in 2022 was suggested.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup, the first-ever hosted by Russia, will be held between June 14 and July 15, in 11 Russian cities - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.

With strong infrastructure already in place, the North American joint bid has always been as the clear front-runner for what will be the first 48-team World Cup.

"SAFA wants to reiterate that no decision has been taken at this stage on the matter on who to support", said the statement, emphasizing that none of its officials announced the federation's position on any bid. The top sides would then compete in an eight-team tournament comprising nations from five continents, including three European countries and two from South America.

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