13:13FIFA Expects Sold Out Arenas at 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation

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The five-member FIFA Task Force, supported by an influential back-up team of officials, were beginning their inspection today with a visit to stadiums, training centres, proposed fan fest sites and other key venues having already visited the USA, Canada and Mexico who are jointly bidding against Morocco.

Quoted by SAFA, Bell said "when South Africa talks on the continent, the rest of the continent listens hence it is vital for South Africa to support Morocco".

Jordaan said: "It is an old myth that Africa doesn't have the capacity and naysayers should stop using the political argument".

The Russian bear is considered a symbol of Russia, so might it be logical to think that a real bear will kick off the 2018 FIFA World Cup in some way, like handing the ball to the referee before the opening match, perhaps?

Former Cameroon goalkeeper, Joseph-Antoine Bell, is visiting South Africa as part of a delegation representing the Morocco bid.

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The 2026 Morocco bid committee will hold a press conference in Casablanca later to inform the public about the visit. "South Africa has the experience and Morocco will use this experience to win the 2016 bid".

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Zenit - whose Krestovsky Stadium hosted the worldwide fixture - in March after racist chants were allegedly heard during a Europa League last-16 tie against RB Leipzig.

"The World Cup in Morocco would not only be a source of pride but also a great catalyst for development".

"Morocco needs South Africa's voice, it is the loudest voice on the continent", added the Cameroonian.

South Africa's unwavering support followed the decision of the 29th Arab Summit to unanimously support the Moroccan bid.

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