Fifa president Infantino promises “fair, objective and transparent” 2026 bidding process

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Fifa president Infantino promises “fair, objective and transparent” 2026 bidding process

Fifa president Infantino promises “fair, objective and transparent” 2026 bidding process

Jaime Saldarriaga

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For the 2026 World Cup, Fifa has received one bid from Morocco and a joint bid from United States, Canada and Mexico.

FIFA is due to choose between Morocco and a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup.

The decision is due to be made by the global soccer body at its annual congress in Moscow in June.

Fair, objective and transparent

Previous World Cup bidding processes have been stained with allegations of corruption made around awarding Russia the 2018 tournament and Qatar the 2022 one.

For this bidding process, Infantino said the organization is conducting a fair procedure.

'I challenge anyone to point out an organization that conducts a bidding process as fair, objective and transparent as the one that FIFA is carrying out for the 2026 FIFA World Cup,' Infantino said in the statement.

'FIFA has been heavily criticized for how it conducted the selection of hosts in the past; it was our obligation to learn from this and leave no room for any doubt or subjectivity,' he added.

'This is why the rules of this process... include the highest standards in terms of ethical conduct, participation and commitment to sustainability and human rights.'

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature 48 teams instead of 32.

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