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U.S. Soccer chief: Trump's World Cup bid tweet not a threat to voters

U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro insists President Trump fully supports the North American joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro has said U.S. President Donald Trump was not threatening other counties while tweeting support of North America's joint 2026 World Cup bid.

In publicly backing the hosting bid for the first time last week, Trump also questioned why the U.S. should support other countries who might lobby against it.

But ahead of the hosting vote by FIFA's football associations on June 13, Cordeiro told Reuters that was merely Trump's usual rhetoric.

"I don't...

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Trump asks African nations to support U.S.-led World Cup bid

Martin Ainstein's tour of the World Cup host cities arrives at the scene of the Battle of Stalingrad, the largest and bloodiest of World War II.

United States President Donald Trump has called for African countries to support the North American joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Last week, Trump tweeted his support for the joint bid while also cautioning it would be a "shame" if U.S. allies lobbied against it. On Monday, he reaffirmed his stance while speaking at the White House alongside Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari.

"I hope all African countries and countries throughout the world that we also will be supporting you, and that they...

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FIFA points to ethics rules after Trump tweets support of World Cup bid

FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar.

FIFA pointed to its rules governing the selection of the 2026 World Cup hosts on Friday, one day after U.S. President Donald Trump questioned supporting countries that lobby against a joint North American bid.

The governing body's code of ethics prohibits government interference in all member countries' respective national soccer federations, and the bidding regulations also warn against "any undue influence on the outcome."

"As a general rule, we cannot comment on specific statements in connection...

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FIFA's Fatma Samoura cleared over World Cup ethics breach claim

The FC crew react to ESPN FC's initial pre-World Cup power rankings, which see Brazil claim the top spot over Spain and Germany.
With 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup, Ian Darke joins a group of ESPN writers and experts for a roundtable discussion about what to expect in Russia this summer.

FIFA's ethics committee cleared secretary general Fatma Samoura of wrongdoing on Friday after an alleged conflict of interest in the 2026 World Cup race.

Samoura had been accused of breaking FIFA rules, with members of the World Cup bid evaluation taskforce saying she had an undeclared family link to ex-footballer and Senegalese compatriot El Hadji Diouf, a Morocco 2026 bid ambassador.

FIFA said that after a preliminary review, "it became clear that the allegations brought forward had no substance...

President Donald Trump tweets support for U.S.-led World Cup bid

FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar.

United States President Donald J. Trump tweeted his support for the U.S.-led joint bid for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday night, but cautioned it would be a "shame" if the U.S.'s allies lobbied against it.

The tweet from Trump comes with the FIFA Congress set to vote on the hosting rights on June 13 in Moscow. Morocco is the only other country competing against the North American bid, which includes Mexico and Canada.

It read: "The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the...