North American bid looks to secure Zimbabwe's vote

Morocco's bid has passed a FIFA inspection taskforce

Morocco has said it needs to spend nearly $16bn (£12bn) on infrastructure for what will be the first 48-team World Cup, while the North American bid does not require any tournament-specific building work.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino says it can afford to have Morocco host the 2026 World Cup, even if the rival North American bid promises billions of dollars more in revenue.

Meanwhile, the United 2026 bid featured 17, ready to go, stadiums which Federation Internationale de Football Association said allows the bid to "focus on a number of exciting initiatives related to sports science, fan engagement, multimedia interaction and other new forms of digitalization".

Serious work also needs to be done on the training sites in Morocco, with over half still needing to be built, and the other half requiring renovation.

Grindel conceded, however, that the reports from the FIFA Evaluation Task Force - which cleared both bids to proceed to the FIFA Council for approval - "hands the momentum" to the United 2026 bid because the panel "sees advantages in the areas of stadium, transport as well as ticketing and hospitality".

"'Please also consider that CONMEBOL has confirmed its commitment to support the Canada, Mexico and United States of America bid".

Now, there are more people who understand the game and get excited about the game.

His statements were seen as prejudging the vote in a blatant partiality that casts doubt over FIFA's transparency.

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"I think a joint bid is important and it is three places where football runs deep". Hosting 48 teams could mean sharing games with other Middle East nations to find up to four extra stadiums Qatar now does not plan to build.

Any consultation on the 2022 World Cup must reach a decision by FIFA's June 2019 congress, he said.

"Whether this is possible to be done only in Qatar, of course, is a question mark", Infantino acknowledged, adding Qatar was never formally asked to host a 48-team event alone.

However, Zimbabwe FA vice president Omega Sibanda told The Herald that they are yet to decide on who to back to host the 2016 Fifa World Cup. "I have rarely been so relaxed about the organisation of an event", he said.

"There is criticism of the existing proceedings from European associations, clubs and leagues", Grindel said.

"For the moment, we have a World Cup with 32 teams which will be played in Qatar, that is the current situation", said Infantino. Welcoming RussiaWith the 2018 World Cup starting in Russia on June 14, Infantino said he was confident the tournament would be impeccably organised and played down hooliganism fears.

"I have never seen a country that has done so much for welcoming the fans as Russian Federation is doing", he said.

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