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Tuesday, 4 July, 2000, 23:47 GMT
Morocco chief slams Brazilian withdrawal
England 2006 bid looks unlikely to succeed
England's 2006 bid looks unlikely to succeed
The vice president of Morocco's 2006 World Cup campaign, Said Belkhayat, has criticised Brazil's withdrawal in favour of South Africa as "abnormal" and has called on Fifa to act on the matter.

Brazil withdrew from the race to stage the finals on Monday and have publicly backed South Africa, who are now the firm favourites to win the race to host the tournament.



It is abnormal that a country should withdraw. I regret Brazil's action
  Said Belkhayat
Said Belkhayat, who is also an executive committee member of the African Football Confederation (CAF), said: "We are calling on FIFA to take decisions in this case.

"It is abnormal that a country should withdraw. I regret Brazil's action."


Germany have admitted South Africa are the firm favourites
Those in charge of the German bid say will be surprised to win
South Africa, Morocco, Germany and England will make their final presentations before the Fifa executive committee on Wednesday and the vote will be taken on Thursday morning.

The deal between South Africa and Brazil is widely thought to be a two-way agreement, with South Africa offering a reciprocal gesture when the battle for the 2010 tournament begins.

Belkhayat's criticism of Brazil's decision to pull out, follows a slamming condemnation from Germany's Franz Beckenbauer, who has been forced to admit that Germany's bid is now unlikely to succeed.

"The deal is offensive," Beckenbauer said. "It is horse trading and means that we have probably lost the bid."

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