Unhappy Morocco Appeal to FIFA over Brazil Pull-out

Published July 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The vice president of Morocco's 2006 World Cup bid campaign has called on FIFA, football's governing body, to act in the wake of Brazil's pull out in support for South Africa. 

Belkhayat, who is also an executive committee member of the African Football Confederation (CAF), told local radio, "we are calling on FIFA to take decisions in this case." 

He claimed it was "abnormal that a country would withdraw" in this manner, adding that, "I regret Brazil's action." 

Driss Benhima, president of Morocco's campaign, remained upbeat however, suggesting that Brazil's absence would help Morocco win through to the second round of voting in Thursday's ballot. 

The four bidding countries, South Africa, Morocco, Germany and England, will make their final presentations before the FIFA executive committee on Wednesday and the vote taken on Thursday morning. 

Brazil withdrew from the race and promised to support favorites South Africa in return for South Africa's support in their attempt to secure the 2010 World Cup - (AFP) 

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