Morocco 2026 World Cup bid: We are the safest country in the world

Morocco 2026 World Cup bid: We are the safest country in the world
Morocco winners of the 2018 CHAN Final football match between Morocco and Nigeria at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca, Morocco on 04 February 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Mar 28, 2018. 16:30

In their bid to host the 2016 FIFA World Cup, Morocco have told the world’s football governing body that their low gun circulation makes them eligible to successfully host the tournament.

The North African bid committee has reasoned with FIFA to consider their bid because of safety in the country.

The Moroccan Football Federation has submitted one of the two bids for the global event, competing with a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States.

It has been confirmed that the 2026 World Cup finals will be the first to feature 48 teams and the world governing body will announce the tournament host in June.

With gun law and policy currently one of the key political debates in the United States, following several mass shootings in recent years, Morocco could have a chance based on the statistics regulating the use of firearms.

"Exceptionally low murder rates (three per 100,000 people), benefitting from very low gun circulation, are reflected in a United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) study ranking Morocco among the best-performing nations in the world - at the same level as both Denmark and Japan," says the Moroccan bid.

The BBC reports that the Moroccan FA is making its fifth attempt to stage the event and has submitted a 193-page document to FIFA, highlighting why it is a showcase for the best of football.

In the document, they said they are one of the safest countries in the world and will offer an ideal security environment for the tournament.

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