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Donald Trump travel ban could prevent United States hosting World Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has warned nations interesting in bidding for future editions of the World Cup must allow any team who qualifies and their supporters access to the country for the tournament Donald Trump travel ban could prevent United States hosting World Cup
Sammy Stanley | 12 March, 2017, 00:32

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says Barcelona's remarkable comeback victory over Paris Saint-Germain showed that football's law makers should be careful with adjusting the rules. The World Cup is an opportunity to circumvent the suffocating rhythms of geopolitics and humanize nations that often exist exclusively as abstractions.

"Whether that particular case was an injustice or not, we can leave it to the judgement of the referee at this stage", said Infantino.

The US president's latest draft of an immigration executive order bans individuals travelling from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya from entering the country.

The United States is expected to bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

It's inevitable that Donald Trump's policies regarding immigrants, refugees and Muslim travelers to the United States will cause problems with global relations on all fronts, and that includes sports.

"The requirements will be clear", Infantino said of FIFA's regulations for future hosts, which are likely to be completed later this year.

"It will be part of the evaluation, and I am sure it will not help the United States to get the World Cup", UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told the New York Times.

"It's obvious when it comes to Federation Internationale de Football Association 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 Cup". "The requirements will be clear".

Full requirements for bidding will soon be revealed.

"We are now in the process of defining the bid requirements".

And as the most-watched sporting event in the world, it's a major opportunity for the United States to demonstrate "soft power" - to expand its influence by appearing attractive to the world and showcasing desirable cultural values. He's in charge, together with his government, to take decisions that are best for his country. It does feel falsely self-righteous, however, given the blind eye it has turned towards human rights abuses in the run-up to the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Trump's ban, which suspended the refugee program and entry into the USA for people from six mostly-Muslim countries, has put a future bid's credibility into question.

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