Trump issued a revised order this week that bans non-visa holders from six of those countries from traveling to the U.S. The new version, which is now facing legal challenges and may also be unconstitutional, still temporarily disbands refugee resettlement programs.
President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on six major Muslim countries could affect the U.S-world soccer relationship as Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino has said that Trump's executive order could put the World Cup bid by the USA for the 2026 cup at risk.
While Iran is the only one of the six banned nations that has qualified and played in the World Cup in the past, that can and should be besides the point.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino says Barcelona's remarkable comeback victory over Paris Saint-Germain showed that football's law makers should be careful with adjusting the rules.
A tumultuous time in US politics is finally bleeding over into the soccer sphere.
Only one of the countries now banned under Trump's recently revised travel ban has qualified for the World Cup in the past: Iran, which has made it to the final rounds four times.
"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", Infantino, the head of football's world governing body, told reporters following a meeting with football leaders from around the globe held in London, Bloomberg reported.
Infantino was speaking in London and stated that bid requirements have yet to be finalised. And then each country can make up their decision, whether they want to bid or not based on the requirements.
"That is obvious. The requirements will be clear".
Full requirements for bidding will soon be revealed.
CONCACAF, which includes the U.S., Mexico and Canada, has not hosted since 1994 and is now the favorite for 2026. "Nothing to do with the US or not, it's general sporting criterion".
Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter announces Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup. We'll have to wait until 2020 to see how the bidding process pans out.