Money talks for Fifa as Morocco pays price for Infantino’s expansion plan

Safe, rational and bountifully lucrative as the Fifa decision is to have the 2026 World Cup hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico, it is also disappointing for romantics fancying another tournament in Africa – and laced with contradictions, too.

The projections of revenues from Morocco, all 14 of whose proposed stadiums would have had to be newly built or renovated, were half the $14bn now promised from TV and stuffed stands in the US, and that is a language all the Fifa family understands.

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