Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Unusual Peacemaking Role for FIFA as It Names Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Co-Hosts for 2026 World Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Unusual Peacemaking Role for FIFA as It Names Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Co-Hosts for 2026 World Cup

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Editorial Exchange: Unusual peacemaking role for FIFA as it names Canada, Mexico and the U.S. co-hosts for 2026 World Cup

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An editorial from the Toronto Star, published June 13:

Who would have guessed that FIFA had such a delicious sense of humour?

All soccer fans will know the international governing body of the sport has awarded the 2026 World Cup to Canada, Mexico and the United States as co-hosts.

Imagine. Not only has FIFA bestowed on this continent the opportunity of hosting the planet's premiere sporting event. It has, for a moment, diverted North American attention from border walls, and trade wars, and railings about special places in hell.

At a stroke, a body so known for corruption that a comedian interrupted a news conference a few years ago to shower its former president Sepp Blatter with money might qualify as a force for peace.

It has obligated the three nations, to some degree, to collaborate and get along for the next eight years.

If FIFA can adopt the ethos of Mr. …

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