USA football bosses fear losing their World Cup bid — because Donald Trump has alienated too many countries.
Fifa’s member nations will vote in June to decide the 2026 hosts with the joint bid by the USA, Mexico and Canada up against Morocco.
The US-led bid was seen as a red-hot favourite.
But Trump’s increasingly aggressive language, which saw him criticising “s***hole countries” last week, is in danger of tilting the race in favour of the North African country.
US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, asked if the impact of Trump’s comments was a worry, admitted: “Yes. Sure.
“This is not only about our stadiums and our hotels and all that. It’s about perceptions of America, and it’s a difficult time in the world.
“We can’t control what happens at the 38th parallel in Korea, we can’t control what happens with embassies in Tel Aviv, and we can’t control what happens with climate change accords.
“So we have to go out and convince what eventually will be 104 voters to vote for us. We would like to get a few extra to not make it a one-vote swing. But this won’t be easy.”
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