FIFA President Gianni Infantino is pictured during a press conference following the FIFA Executive Football Summit near Heathrow airport in London on March 9, 2017. / AFP / ADRIAN DENNIS
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American President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban could make it impossible for his country to host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino warned on Thursday.The United States is the favorite to stage the expanded 48-team tournament in 2026, either on its own or as part of a joint-bid with neighbors Mexico and Canada.But with Trump seeking to ban nationals from several Muslim-majority countries, Infantino says the U.S. may not even be in a position to submit a bid.Infantino also expressed hope that a dispute with the Argentine Football Association (AFA) will soon be resolved.FIFA has warned the AFA it could be suspended if it does not allow South American federation CONMEBOL to vet candidates in its forthcoming presidential election.
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