Confirmed: Morocco to bid for 2030 World Cup hosting rights
The African country will be the nation to enter the joint-most bids for hosting rights with six hosts with Germany having also presented six bids winning two of them. Morocco have been unlucky in their last two bids: 2010 and 2026. In 2004, South Africa won the hosting rights for the 2010 edition with 14 votes ahead of Morocco with 10 votes. However, it was revealed in 2015 amidst the FIFA corruption allegations, that Morocco had actually won the hosting rights. “I and others on the FIFA executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation for the 2010 World Cup,” Chuck Blazer confirmed.
On Wednesday, the Morocco bid was swept by the joint bid from Canada, United States, and Mexico 134 votes to 65 with Iran not voting for either bid. Ghana, who were set to vote for Morocco’s bid, did not vote after the dissolution of the FA and the government’s refusal to send a convoy to Russia for the Congress. In addition, African countries such as South Africa, voted for the United bid rather than bringing back the world’s top footballing tournament to Africa. Interestingly, however, Morocco received votes from some of the bigger countries including Italy, France, and Netherlands.
Morocco will face stiff competition for the 2030 hosting rights with England all but confirming their intention of presenting a bid either individually or with possibly Scotland and Wales. Moreover, a joint bid from Uruguay-Paraguay-Argentina has been confirmed for the 2030 World Cup.
Meanwhile, the Atlas Lions will be starting their 2018 World Cup journey on Friday against Iran before facing Portugal and Spain on June 20 and June 25 respectively.
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