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Uefa president against Morocco joining Spain-Portugal World Cup bid

A potential joint bid by Morocco, Spain and Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup suffered a blow after Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin expressed his opposition to the plan. “I’m not in favour of cross-confederation bids,” Čeferin said.

Two other joint bids from Europe are expected: Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia; and a British Isles bid featuring England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

“I will do whatever I can to have only one European bid for the World Cup,” Čeferin said, “because that raises the chances of Europe hosting the World Cup extremely”.

South America is looking to host the centenary World Cup, with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay already announcing a joint proposal. But, in a potential setback, Conmebol has been forced to move the twice-postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final from Buenos Aires to Madrid due to safety concerns.

“It tells you a lot that we can organize (soccer) in Europe without any problems,” Čeferin said.