President Trump’s often divisive policies are causing ripple effects in the
Trump’s latest iteration of what many call the “Muslim ban,” which denies
entry to the United States to non-U.S. citizens coming from six majority
Muslim countries, has caught the ire of soccer’s international governing
FIFA—which is no stranger to scandal itself—said that the travel ban will
hurt the U.S.’s chances of hosting the 2026 World Cup.
The U.S., which hasn’t hosted a World Cup since 1994, is considered a
favorite to host the upcoming event, which is the world’s most-watched
FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, told foreign reporters: “Teams who
qualify for a World Cup need to have access to the country, otherwise there
is no World Cup. That is obvious.”
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The ban currently calls for foreign nationals from six majority-Muslim
countries to be denied entry to the U.S. for 90 days, and for all refugees
to be banned for 120 days. Similar to its predecessor, the administration’s
most recent ban is being challenged in U.S. courts.
We are now in the process of defining the bid requirements. In the world
there are many countries who have bans, travel bans, visa requirements and
so on and so forth. It’s obvious when it comes to Fifa competitions, any
team, including the supporters and officials of that team, who qualify for
a World Cup need to have access to the country, otherwise there is no World
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 unclear whether FIFA will take into consideration the restrictions’
temporary nature or whether the spirit of the travel ban will adversely
affect America’s chance to host the event.
The event’s bid process is still in its infancy—a decision will be made in