If successful, it would have been the second African country, after the tournament in South Africa. Morocco have previously hosted a number of international football events. They must also have had a capacity of at least 40, for group and second round matches, 60, for the semi-finals, and 80, for the final. The Moroccan highway network connects most large cities in the country, being part of the transportation infrastructure in Morocco. Additionally the rail network connects all the proposed venues except Tetouan , Ouarzazate and Agadir.
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If successful, it would have been the second African country, after the tournament in South Africa. Morocco have previously hosted a number of international football events. They must also have had a capacity of at least 40, for group and second round matches, 60, for the semi-finals, and 80, for the final. The Moroccan highway network connects most large cities in the country, being part of the transportation infrastructure in Morocco.
Additionally the rail network connects all the proposed venues except Tetouan , Ouarzazate and Agadir. However, there were plans for projects to connect Agadir to the Moroccan high speed network TGV via Marrakech , and to connect Tetouan to the classic rail network via Tangier. All the selected cities except El Jadida and Meknes have their own airports; see list of airports in Morocco. In January , the Moroccan government stated its full support for Morocco's bid to host the World Cup.
The logo was unveiled on 23 January ; it was inspired by the pentagram found on the Moroccan flag. The pentagram was surrounded by seven red leaves and kicking a football. In FIFA's evaluation report of the two bids, Morocco's bid was rated as being "high risk" for the organisation, compared with the other bid being labelled as low risk. The three categories with the worst scores were: stadiums, accommodation and transportation, which are the most important parts of any bid for the World Cup.
In Morocco's previous World Cup bids, it was discovered that in two of those instances, the country tried to bribe voting officials. The general secretary of FIFA Fatma Samoura warned voters in a letter "not to accept any technical or development support which may unduly affect the integrity of the bidding procedure". The aforementioned Samoura was referred to FIFA's ethics committee after it was discovered she had familial links to El Hadji Diouf , an ambassador of the bid.
There was a complaint that deemed this relationship to be a conflict of interest. The transportation plans put forward by the bid team were rated as being of high risk for FIFA. Out of all the sections of the bid that were scored, the transportation section received the lowest at 2.
This was in contrast to the North American bid, which exclusively used existing stadiums and did not require any of the host countries to take on debt.
FIFA had to make a second unscheduled visit to Morocco, after the governing body was not satisfied with the requirements presented in the bid book as deficiencies were discovered, unlike the North American bid.
With less than six months remaining, Morocco named a chairman for its bid committee and did not have a logo or a website. This was in contrast with the North American bid, which was well ahead in planning at that point.
FIFA's bid evaluation committee expressed concerns over the quality of stadiums proposed by the Moroccan bid. The committee "'noticed some deviations from the initial planned program" [in relations to the stadiums proposed]. Concerns were also raised over the quality of training grounds proposed. The president of the bid, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, mentioned that there was a need to "improve the quality of our bid book". FIFA criticised the bid for including several potential white elephant stadiums — expensive venues which their owners could not dispose of and whose costs, particularly those for maintenance, were out of proportion to their usefulness — compared with the North American bid, which used venues that were already in use by professional sports teams.
This was done after Morocco complained of the bid process. FIFA replied, "In order to avoid unsustainable bids This put much more risk on FIFA if it selected the Moroccan bid, as listed in the evaluation committee's review of the two bids. The Moroccan bid committee accepted the fact that it could not host the event tomorrow, but the North American bid could.
Security was a concern for the bid. Morocco is in the North African region which has experienced political instability and terrorist attacks in neighbouring countries of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.
A terror attack happened in in Marrakesh, a proposed host city for the bid. A total of 17 people were killed in the attack at Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, which was also the proposed fan site if the bid was successful. FIFA rated the bid with a medium risk for human rights and labour standards. Morocco did not mention that homosexuality is illegal in the country in its bid book. There was also no attempt how this would be mitigated for LGBT athletes and fans if the country was given the right to host the World Cup.
FIFA's guidelines for World Cup hosts explicitly mentioned that "host countries must guarantee there is no discrimination of any nature". The state will not be able to protect them nor will it be able to commit in preventing measures that could be taken against them by both the state and society". In its bid book, Morocco acknowledged issues with "ultra" fans, which are also known as violent supporters.
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The FA initially decided to bid for both, but with the withdrawal of all non-European bids for the event, this bid, and that of all other European bidding nations, were effectively disqualified from eligibility for the edition. This company was established by The FA for the purpose of bringing the World Cup tournament to England for the first time since Andy Anson , England Chief Executive, called for humility with England's bid claiming they "must not fall victim to arrogance" and that lessons had been learned from the unsuccessful attempt to host the competition. Anson stated that "the tone of this campaign has to be different. The bid had the support of Prince William , the FA's president. The England World Cup bid also received the assistance of Ronnie Flanagan as an advisor on safety and security.
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