Federation Internationale de Football Association president touches on travel ban effects for World Cup bidders

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has warned nations interesting in bidding for future editions of the World Cup must allow any team who qualifies and their supporters access to the country for the tournament

Infantino said in London on Thursday: 'Whether that particular case was an injustice or not, we can leave it to the judgement of the referee (Germany's Deniz Aytekin).

Currently, citizens from six nations - all majority-Muslim countries in Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya - are not allowed to enter the United States in Mr Trump's updated restrictions.

Barcelona's astonishing comeback win over Paris St Germain in the Champions League is a reminder of soccer's enduring ability to surprise and rule changes should be handled with care, Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday. "And then each country can make up their decision, whether they want to bid or not based on the requirements", he said.

"In the world there are certainly many countries with travel bans, visa requirements and so on and so forth".

The statement could potentially leave the US out to dry if any of the six countries banned in Trump's second executive ordered travel ban qualify for the expanded 48-team tournament. The impact it has on a U.S. World Cup bid could be monumental. "Otherwise there is no World Cup".

It was a strong statement but, given UEFA does not run the World Cup, was not seen as a roadblock at the time.

It is understood the U.S., which has lost several prior bids to host the tournament, including being beaten by a bid from Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, is weighing up an application either alongside Mexico or Canada, or on its own.

"The requirements will be clear", he said.

And as the most-watched sporting event in the world, it's a major opportunity for the U.S. to demonstrate "soft power" - to expand its influence by appearing attractive to the world and showcasing desirable cultural values.

To his credit, Infantino noted that as the President of the United States, Trump has every right to do what he feels he must for his country.

But with Trump seeking to ban nationals from several Muslim-majority countries, Infantino says the United States may not even be in a position to submit a bid. "He's in charge, together with his government, to take the decisions that are best for his country".

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