As a handful of states continue to join efforts to challenge President Trump's revised immigration ban, circulating reports suggest that the executive order could have some unintended consequences for FIFA fans.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that the controversial travel ban could prevent the United States from hosting the World Cup in 2026, ESPN reported.
He said, "It's obvious when it comes to FIFA competitions as well, 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."
Trump's revised executive order takes a softer stance on immigration than its predecessor. Iraq was removed from the list of banned countries and residents who already possess legal U.S. visas will be able to come to the country.
The United States is mulling a three-way hosting bid with Canada and Mexico, but the North America triple-hosting, though nine years away, become logistically challenging as a result of Trump's determination to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as well as to curb immigration.
The requirements will be clear," Infantino said following FIFA meetings in London. "And then each country can make up their decision, whether they want to bid or not based on the requirements. Nothing to do with the U.S. or not, it's general sporting criterion."
Until 2026 though, FIFA fans can expect Russia and Qatar to hold the World Cup in 2018 and 2022, respectively.
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