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Morocco are bidding for football's flaghsip event for the fifth time after unsuccessful tilts in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

Kigali was confirmed on Friday during FIFA's sixth meeting at the Agora Convention Centre in Bogotá, Colombia, where it also discussed a number of initiatives related to the future of global football competitions.

The North American bid will rely on existing infrastructure, decreasing the likelihood of Morocco being chosen to host the tournament with high-risk bids that do not meet FIFA's expectations on facilities and profit having the ability to be disqualified before the vote. New arenas to fit around 46,000 fans are planned in Casablanca, Marrakech, El Jadida, Meknes, Nador and Ouarzazate with the intention of downsizing them to unspecified capacities after the World Cup. That is part of the $12.6 billion in public investment that also requires hospital services being upgraded in 20 cities and transport networks improved for the World Cup after the jump from 32 to 48 participating nations.

Used for the first time in worldwide competition at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation past year, Infantino stressed at the time the need for "continuing tests" but insisted that its use would make football a fairer game.

However, AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso, who held a press conference ahead of Sunday's match against Chievo, was more welcoming of the technology: "I think the VAR should be used in Europe, too". Three cities were included from Mexico and Canada, who would stage 10 games each.

"We wanted to give the referees tools so they can make better decisions, and in the World Cup some very important decisions are made".

Morocco is the only challenger to the joint Canada, Mexico and US bid to stage the tournament.

VAR most recently cause controversy in English football when a disallowed goal and an overruled penalty overshadowed Tottenham's 6-1 victory over Rochdale in the FA Cup at Wembley.

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