U.S. soccer fans who were hoping for a “slight return,” will have to have wait and see if their President’s words were in violation a strict FIFA code. The U.S. Soccer Federation has been campaigning with Mexico and Canada on a joint North American bid for the hosting privileges the 2026 World Cup. Decisions the like are ten made several years, to incur the costs preparation.
In tweeting his support the bid, Donald Trump may have committed illegal tampering. FIFA rules prohibit “any undue influence on the outcome,” for their decision making process. The irony is that a cleaning house never occurred after FIFA broke their own mandates in 2015. The FIFA Corruption Scandal uncovered several accepted bribes from high ranking ficials, one which counted towards the 2010 South Africa bid to the tune $10 million.
FIFA issued a statement pointing to the general rule book, in response to Trump’s public endorsement: “As a general rule, we cannot comment on specific statements in connection with the bidding process.”
“We can only refer to the FIFA Regulations for the selection the venue for the final competition the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and in particular to the Bid Rules Conduct incorporated therein.” Their statement does not necessarily read as a denunciation, but if the proposed bid falls through, we’ll know where to point. Thank you Mr. President.