Bidding for 2026 World Cup must be bullet-proof – Infantino

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino says the World Cup bidding process for the 2026 tournament will be improved following criticism of the process that led to the 2018 and 2022 tournaments being awarded to Russia and Qatar.

Bidding for 2026 World Cup must be bullet-proof – Infantino

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (MAY 13, 2016) (FIFA – SEE ABOVE FOR RESTRICTIONS)

1. FIFA CONGRESS IN PROGRESS

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING:

“After all the issues or criticisms or whatever which happened around the last World Cup bidding process. It is absolutely crucial for FIFA’s credibility that we have a bullet-proof bidding process in place for 2026. Therefore we discussed already the first steps at the council meeting the day before yesterday and there will be a new strategy and consultation phase starting now – for one year. We have to get it right and to get it right, you need to speak, you need to re-consult, you need to discuss, and you need to take advice.”

3. CONGRESS IN PROGRESS

4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING:

“We have to include human rights requirements, sustainable event management and environmental protection in the bidding documents. We are a modern organisation now and these are topics that an event like the Men’s World Cup need to deal with.”

5. CONGRESS IN PROGRESS

STORY: The 2026 World Cup bidding process must be “bullet-proof” after the controversy which has surrounded the hosting of the next two tournaments, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Friday (May 13).

“After all the issues or criticisms or whatever which happened around the last World Cup bidding process. It is absolutely crucial for FIFA’s credibility that we have a bullet-proof bidding process in place for 2026. Therefore we discussed already the first steps at the council meeting the day before yesterday and there will be a new strategy and consultation phase starting now – for one year,” he told the annual Congress of world football’s governing body.

“We have to get it right and to get it right, you need to speak, you need to re-consult, you need to discuss, and you need to take advice,” he added.

On Tuesday, FIFA announced a four-stage bidding process for the 2026 tournament with a final decision in May 2020.

FIFA was forced to make changes to the way it awards the hosting rights after the vote in December 2010 awarded the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively.

That vote is the subject of a criminal investigation by Swiss authorities, while Qatar’s preparations have also been marred by allegations of abuse of migrant workers in the construction industry.

Qatar says it is working to deal with the issue.

Infantino said future bidding would have to take into account these issues.

“We have to include human rights requirements, sustainable event management and environmental protection in the bidding documents. We are a modern organisation now and these are topics that an event like the Men’s World Cup need to deal with,” he said.

Infantino also said FIFA was reconsidering allowing tournaments to be hosted by multiple nations and the organisation would also look into consultations over whether to expand the World Cup tournament to 40 teams.

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