FIFA president meets Trump, discusses 2026 World Cup

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has had a meeting with the US President in the White House on Tuesday. The two discussed the organisation and preparations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which the USA will jointly host with Canada and Mexico.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino was invited to the White House and met on Tuesday with the President of the United States Donald Trump.

“It was an excellent meeting with focus on the organisation and preparations for 2026 which the USA will co-host with Canada and Mexico. I would like to thank President Trump for his government’s full commitment and support,” said Infantino after the meeting.

“I am very much looking forward to continue the cooperation with the US authorities. I am convinced that the three organising countries will deliver the greatest World Cup in eight years’ time,” the FIFA President added.

The FIFA president also presented Trump with the official football jersey, bearing the name of the US President and No. 26. The number 26 depicts the year the three North American neighbours – USA, Canada and Mexico – will jointly host the FIFA World Cup. He also presented a referees book to Trump with some red and yellow cards.

The United 2026 bid by the USA, Canada and Mexico has beaten rival Morocco with an overwhelming majority at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on June 13, the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals inaugural match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

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