In warning for US, Infantino says no World Cup without access

But President Trump on Monday signed a new executive order banning immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, which could have implications for the nation's ability to host football's biggest tournament - and the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games which Los Angeles is bidding to stage. The World Cup is an opportunity to circumvent the suffocating rhythms of geopolitics and humanize nations that often exist exclusively as abstractions. The travel ban put in place by President Trump at the very least raises questions in the mind of Infantino. The Slovenian told the New York Times recently that USA restrictions would "not help" the country bring the tournament back for the first time since 1994.

Until the travel ban went into place, the US was the favorite to host the 2026 World Cup.

While qualifying for the 2026 World Cup won't begin for the next five years, the statement throws a wrench in the United States' plan if the travel ban is upheld and continued into the future.

Infantino, who has backed VAR, said Wednesday's game highlighted the need for care - something he had discussed at dinner with senior English and Scottish officials.

"That is obvious. The requirements will be clear".

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It's inevitable that Donald Trump's policies regarding immigrants, refugees and Muslim travelers to the United States will cause problems with worldwide relations on all fronts, and that includes sports.

"We are now in the process of defining the bid requirements".

Infantino also expressed hope that a dispute with the Argentine Football Association (AFA) will soon be resolved.

"Nothing to do with the U.S. or not, it's general sporting criteria".

The US is reportedly considering a joint-bid with Mexico and Canada and Trump's travel ban could also affect Los Angeles' hopes of holding the 2024 Olympic Games, while FIFA's plan to share the World Cup across the globe means the tournament will not go to Europe or Asia in nine years' time as Russian Federation and Qatar are hosting the competition in 2018 and 2022 respectively. Bids have to be submitted by December 2018, with the host to be decided in May 2020.

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