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Ex-Fi chief Blatter expresses support for Morocco World Cup

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Blatter told reporters this week that joint bids are a nightmare.

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Earlier this week, the joint Canada-Mexico-US bid announced a reshuffle of its leadership, emphasising diversity as its leaders seek to attract voters.

Under the proposed plans of the triple bid, the United States would host 60 of the 80 matches, with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 games each.

Blatter, who led Fi for 17 years before being barred for ethics violations (that he is contesting) in 2015, was a central figure in organising the rotation system that eventually took the World Cup to Africa for the first time in 2010.

Both Morocco and the United States/Canada/Mexico must submit their 2026 World Cup bid books by 16 March.

After the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, we (concluded) that co-organisation was a nightmare, he said.

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Former Fi president Sepp Blatter believes Morocco should stage the 2026 World Cup because of the logistical challenges thrown up by the joint bid from Canada/Mexico/United States.

United 2026 said the changes reflect the unity at the highest levels of the joint bid, while some have seen the change in leadership as a strategic move to shift the perception of the bid as being a largely American-driven enterprise.

The leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico federations will now serve as co-chairs of the bid, replacing former United States Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati, who steps down.

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Morocco, meanwhile, is set to emphasise its compact nature and small travelling distanceswhen it hands over its formal bid book later this month.

His extensive reign was ended whenhe was barred for ethics violations amid the biggest corruption scandalthat world footballs governing body had ever seen.

There has never been a co-hosted World Cup since, with Germany, South Africa and Brazil all staging by themselves in 2006, 2010 and 2014 respectively.

The 2026 finals will be the first to feature 48 teams, 16 more than the tally that will contest both this years tournament in Russia and the 2022 event in Qatar.

The Swiss still hopes that Fis ethics committee will reconsider his case and lift his six-year ban from the sport.

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The North African nation is a fifth bid to host the World Cup, having iled to land the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.

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If Morocco is able to organise this World Cup with 48 teams, then it must be chosen, said 82-year-old Blatter.

Since none of the bidding nations are eligible to vote, Morocco will need to win 104 votes when the decision on who will host the 2026 finals is made in Russia on 13 June.

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