Gold Cup

FIFA urged to let Morocco proceed to 2026 World Cup vote

GENEVA (AP) Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup must be allowed to reach the final vote without being disqualified, in order to avoid any questions about the selection process, according to a senior FIFA official from Germany.

Morocco is a big underdog against a three-nation bid from North America, and the country's bid leaders have already voiced fears that FIFA inspectors could disqualify them from the June vote by giving insufficient marks to their tournament plans.

But FIFA Council member Reinhard Grindel told The Associated Press in an interview that such a situation must be avoided in order to prevent any conspiracy theories from taking hold.