Infantino pledges unmatched monitoring of 2026 World Cup bidding

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To say FIFA is under the microscope is an understatement.

Soccer’s embattled governing body saw its leadership flipped after allegations of bribery regarding the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

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With both of those hosts going unchanged, FIFA knows it has to say and do all the right things moving forward. Enter new president Gianni “Not Sepp Blatter” Infantino.

With the United States, Mexico, and Canada’s joint-bid for the 48-team 2026 tournament challenged only by Morocco, this should be among the easiest bidding processes to oversee. Pardon us if we’re still a bit skeptical given the size of the world.

Here’s Infantino:

“The rules of the process include the highest standards in terms of ethical conduct, participation and commitment to sustainability and human rights. These are necessary steps to ensure that we never go back to the old ways.”