President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban on six major Muslim countries could affect the U.S-world soccer relationship as FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said that Trump’s executive order could put the World Cup bid by the U.S. for the 2026 cup at risk.
The US became a stronger favorite to host an expanded World Cup[consisting of 48 teams] in 2026 after Fifa essentially barred European countries from bidding in 2016.
As per The Guardian, Infantino made it clear that it’s obvious when it comes to FIFA competitions, any team, including the supporters and the officials of that team, who qualify for a World Cup need to have access[fly in-out] to the country. Otherwise, there is no World Cup.
He added that FIFA is now in the process of defining the bid requirements and the requirements will be clear. And then each country can make up their decision, whether they want to bid or not based on the requirements. It’s general sporting criteria.
As per the travel ban refugee program and entry into the U.S for people from six Muslim countries have been suspended and the countries listed in the ban are Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Iran. However, the decision is supposedly temporary imposed for 90 days from 16 March but if it continues to exist in years to come then apparently it is going to be difficult for the event selectors to consider the U.S. as the host.
The World Cup, an international soccer competition is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world and losing the opportunity to host it would be….Sad.