Split on geopolitics, North America unites with winning World Cup bid

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"There is inequality in the status of countries around the world so you need laws that will allow the tournament to rotate".

The U.S., Canadian and Mexican proposal got 134 votes, far ahead of Morocco's 65.

Members of the sport's Federation Internationale de Football Association governing body voted for the joint North American proposal- known as United 2026 - over a rival Moroccan bid at a meeting in Moscow. The plan calls for the U.S.to host 60 matches, and its neighbors to host 10 each.

It will be the first time three countries have joined to host the World Cup - previously, South Korea and Japan had jointly hosted the 2002 Cup.

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported Trump had written to FIFA's president three times offering guarantees that teams, officials, and fans would be able to travel into the US, and the tournament would be conducted in an "open and festive manner".

"We should ask for an amendment to the bidding process that would allow rotation to come back", added Liberia FA president Musa Bility.

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"Technically speaking, it's understandable that the USA bid capacity surpasses Morocco's", said Omar Chrayabi, a Moroccan sports journalist.

To be considered, a country needs an infrastructure of hotels, highways, rail ways, public transportation and facilities to host a tournament for 1000-plus athletes and their supporting staffs, organizers and their supporting staffs and the millions of fans attending.

The joint North American bid was considered a heavy favorite from the outset and earned high marks from FIFA's bid evaluators because it will, in theory, require less construction and lower costs than the Moroccan bid, which carried an estimated price tag above $15 billion.

The only real stumbling block on the campaign for the North Americans was concern about the impact of Trump's push for immigration restrictions and a leaked White House outburst about African nations.

A total of seven Arab countries, mostly seen as allies of Morocco, voted for the US-Canada-Mexico bid.

Cordeiro said uniting North America's soccer officials "sent a message" at times of testy political relations between their leaders.

"It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the USA bid".

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