The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA’s congress voted to back the tri-nation joint bid for the tournament.
The North American bid beat the rival Morocco proposal, winning 134 votes to 65 for Morocco.
Saudi Arabia was among a number of countries that said it would support the US bid and shun Morocco’s request for its backing.
In an interview with Bloomberg last week, Chairman of the General Sport Authority Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee Turki Al-Sheikh said: “The US had asked us to support its bid first. Morocco came late.”
“America is our ally and sought our help in 2017, and we will not disappoint it, even at the expense of Morocco,” he said.