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New York - The Trump administration has guaranteed to FIFA
there will be no discrimination around entry to the United States at a World
Cup in 2026.
The North American bid has faced questions about the impact
of attempts by US President Donald Trump to implement a ban on travel to the US
by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.
An independent human rights report commissioned by the bid
warned there could be "some potential discrimination in relation to travel
restrictions for some citizens from certain states."
But the US government told FIFA in a letter last week that
"all eligible athletes, officials and fans from all countries around the
world would be able to enter the United States without discrimination.
The letter was to be cited in a speech in Brussels on
Tuesday by Mexico Football Federation President Decio de Maria during an
appearance with his US and Canadian counterparts. The three countries are
jointly bidding to take on Morocco in the June 13 vote by the FIFA Congress.