Beckham backs combined USA, Canada and Mexico World Cup bid

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He said, "A football competition as big as the World Cup deserves to be in great places".

The FIFA Task Force technically had the right to eliminate Morocco from competition but instead chose to let voters make the ultimate decision.

But Jordaan‚ who is a member of the African National Congress and former Member of Parliament‚ can also ill afford to go against the South African government‚ who do not want SAFA to vote for Morocco.

Having already been dealt a serious blow by being rated way behind the heavyweight North American favourites by FIFA's evaluation panel, Morocco are stepping on the gas in a late drive for votes and were hoping to address all six confederations.

Morocco could have been disqualified if it had scored less than two out of five in the overall average scoring, and less than two on key measures including stadiums.

Last week, Federation Internationale de Football Association confirmed the joint bid had scored four out of five in its evaluation report, receiving a better score than their African opponents, who managed just 2.7.

Only two of the 14 stadiums were deemed to have "sufficient levels of accommodation" resulting in a second "high risk" conclusion.

In light of all its shortcomings, Morocco's bid has stressed its passion for soccer, its proximity to Europe, and the notion that those who oversee the sport should not make decisions based on money alone.

Beckham represented England at three World Cups
Beckham represented England at three World Cups

"It's great to see and it's great to be part of and I'm excited about 2026".

The London-born midfielder goes on to discuss America's growing passion for the game and talks about his experiences of playing in Canada and the USA and against Mexico, where he says love for football is ingrained.

"When our nations come together as one, as we will for 2026, there is no question the United States, Mexico and Canada will deliver an experience that will celebrate the game and serve players, supporters and partners alike", said Jim Brown, the MD for the joint bid. Morocco by contrast were given just 2.4 in the same category.

It would also be the first finals held in North America since the USA hosted the 1994 tournament.

A difference in projected ticket sales of United States dollars 1.3 billion between the two bids helped lead the report to note "significantly higher" forecast revenue of USD14.3 billion from North Americans and USD 7.2 billion from Morocco.

In analysing the human rights aspect of the bid, it was concluded new entry regulations being proposed by the U.S. could damage "discrimination-free entry" to the country.

Morocco can expect broad support from its African neighbors, and it already has received commitments of support from France, Belgium, Russia and others in UEFA.

The North American effort is expected to receive strong support in Europe and the Americas while Saudi Arabia is enticing Asian voters to back the United bid.

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