Morocco has once again lost its bid to host a football world cup, this time round to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The North African country got 65 votes against 134 votes for the three-country bid during a Fifa Congress in Russia’s capital Moscow.
The country has now unsuccessfully bid five times to stage the tournament.
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) June 13, 2018
US President Donald Trump had threatened action against football associations and countries that would vote against the US-Canada-Mexico bid.
He tweeted: “It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the US bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?”
Had Morocco won the bid, it would have become the second Muslim-majority nation after Qatar and the second African country after South Africa to host the competition.
In 2013 and 2014, Morocco held the Fifa Club World Cup. In January and February of this year, it hosted the 2018 African Nations Championship.
The North African nation is taking part in this year’s Fifa world cup in Russia, and is in Group B alongside Iran, Portugal and Spain.