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Banned ex-FIFA head Blatter backs Morocco 2026 World Cup bid

AP , Thursday 22 Feb 2018
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File Photo: FIFA President Sepp Blatter leaves after his statement during a news conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, June 2, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)
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Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has endorsed Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid while banned from soccer roles for financial misconduct.

Blatter tweeted on Thursday that ''Morocco would be the logical host! And it is time for Africa again!''

The 2010 World Cup was staged in South Africa.

Referencing the rival joint bid from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Blatter tweeted ''co-Hosting rejected by FIFA after 2002.'' That's when the World Cup was in South Korea and Japan.

Blatter's 17-year reign as FIFA president ended in disgrace in 2015 amid the fallout from American prosecutors charging dozens of soccer officials with corruption, including World Cup vote buying.

Blatter is serving a six-year ban from soccer following the discovery of an uncontracted salary of $2 million to one-time adviser Michel Platini.

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