Morocco secured just 65 votes backing it to host the 2026 football World Cup, Fifa has announced.
The North African country lost out to the “United Bid” from the US, Canada and Mexico after a vote by Fifa members.
Here is how it broke down:
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) June 13, 2018
It is not yet known exactly who voted for who, but some other African countries failed to back Morocco’s bid.
The UK’s Football Association has said it voted for the “United Bid” based on the “very clear” advantages laid out in the technical assessment.
However, in a statement it added: “However, it is important to note that both bids were deemed to have met the hosting requirements and a tournament in Morocco, close to Europe and in a country that loves football, had a great deal for English football fans to be excited about.”