Fifa president Gianni Infantino denies 2026 World Cup promise to US

New Fifa president Gianni Infantino has denied that promises to the United States over who will host the 2026 World Cup secured his election win.

US Soccer Federation head Sunil Gulati switched his vote to Infantino in the second round of Friday’s voting.

“I spoke with many delegates… trying to tell them that they should vote for football and for me,” Infantino said.

Asked if he made promises to Gulati about the 2026 tournament, he added: “No, certainly not.”

In the second round of voting, Uefa general secretary Infantino picked up 27 extra votes.

The other frontrunner, Asian confederation chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, managed just three more.

Gulati initially backed Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan.

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