The United States, Mexico and Canada all placed a unison bid to host the 2026 World Cup in recent memory, which was a great idea. The three countries would divide up sites for the World Cup and represent North America for international soccer. However, the U.S./North America bid has fallen in limbo due to an emergence of a new candidate: Morocco.
Morocco's not a well-known locale unless you're an avid traveler, which you'll probably say it's a beautiful locale. You could say that the Anti-Trump sentiment is a part of why the United States/North America bid may not get the 2026 World Cup. However, the United States is being considered as an alternative (along with England) with Qatar's 2022 World Cup in limbo.
Speaking of Qatar, that brings up another point: FIFA's picks of hosts for the World Cup have been interesting as of late. With Russia in 2018 and the aforementioned World Cup in Qatar, FIFA has picked controversial locales for their World Cups. Part of this is former president Sepp Blatter's doing, who took a $1 million bribe to vote for Qatar to host and resided over Russia winning the 2018 bid. However, it still seems that Blatter's impact is being felt even with his absence.
As for the hosts themselves, Qatar's bid is a more interesting case. Russia's bid was challenged due to various racial incidents and LGBT discrimination. Qatar's bid is challenged due to crimes that are much more heinous: Workers dying as they construct the stadium(s) in Qatar along with the human rights record of Qatar has hampered its chances of hosting the 2022 World Cup.
Morocco's human rights record isn't pristine, either. Yes, Morocco has done better work with worker's rights than Qatar, passing a referendum in 2016 to protect workers by setting a minimum age for workers and negotiable contracts. However, Morocco has yet to establish a draft to protect refugees and migrants. Morocco's also seen its authorities disperse protesters, even during peaceful protests. Over 450 Hirak Rif protesters were arrested since the beginning of October 2016, many of which were because a fishmonger in al-Hoceima was crushed to death in a garbage truck while trying to retrieve goods that were confiscated by the authorities.
The North America bid may be in jeopardy because of a certain U.S. president whose Twitter rants and verbal barbs constantly get him in trouble. However, Morocco doesn't seem like a good alternative in the long run. In any case, FIFA must find sites that can step to the plate not just in a financial sense, but in a political sense.
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