Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter believes the 2026 World Cup should be held in one country – potentially casting doubts on the legitimacy of a joint bid by USA, Canada and Mexico.
A decision is due to be announced next month with a recent report claiming a tournament held in the CONCACAF nations could generate around $11bn profit for the world governing body.
Morocco are the only major opposition to the bid, but have received major support in recent weeks – which is sure to gather momentum in light of Blatter’s comments.
South Africa are the only African nation to have held the tournament, in 2010.
The United States previously hosted the World Cup in 1994 and Mexico has hosted it twice, in 1970 and 1986 – factors which Blatter believes hinder their current joint effort.
He told the BBC: “To have three big countries together… they have proven they can host it alone, so why are the three together?”
Fifa has discouraged joint bids having encountered issues when the 2002 tournament was held in Japan and South Korea, a “nightmare in organisation” according to Blatter.