Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policies may cost the United States from hosting a FIFA World Cup.
Trump’s “Muslim Ban,” as it has come to be called, bars visitors and immigrants from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya. and it temporarily shuts down America’s refugee program.
“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,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed on Thursday.
The United States wants to be part of a super-host coalition that includes Canada and Mexico in 2026. Mexico’s involvement complicates things even further, since Trump is planning on building a border wall between the country, heightening tensions between citizens on both sides of the border.
“Mr. Trump is the president of the United States of America and as such of course [I have] huge respect for what he does,” Infantino said. “He’s in charge, together with his government, to take the decisions that are best for his country. That’s why he has been elected. In the world there are certainly many countries who have bans, travel bans, visa requirements and so on and so forth.”
CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani told ESPN FC that he did not feel that the current U.S. travel ban would negatively affect the bid.
(h/t ESPN FC)