Marrakesh, Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, file)
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RABAT: A FIFA task force arrived in Morocco Monday to inspect a World Cup bid that obscures one potential impediment to hosting the 2026 football showpiece: Homosexuality is a criminal offense in the north African country.An Associated Press review of 483 pages of documents submitted to FIFA found Morocco failed to declare its anti-LGBT law as a risk factor and provide a remedy, appearing to flout stringent new bidding requirements.While the United States-Canada-Mexico bid chose to publish its human rights documents, Morocco repeatedly refused requests from the AP to match the disclosure.The AP was provided with the human rights annexes to Morocco's bid book by FIFA only after highlighting the north African nation's lack of transparency to the football world and the up to 207 member nations who will vote on the 2026 host June 13 .How Morocco responded to the recommendation is not provided to FIFA.One of the members of the bid's human rights board maintained Morocco is a "friendly and tolerant" country.
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