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Gulf PR guru linked to joke bid for 2026 World Cup

Bashar Alkhadi is shareholder in Macclesfield Town

Gulf PR guru linked to joke bid for 2026 World Cup

A UK soccer club in which Gulf PR boss Bashar Alkhadi is a shareholder has launched a “joke” bid to stage the 2026 World Cup in Macclesfield in the UK.

Alkhadi, the chief operating officer of one the region’s largest PR firms, is a former owner of  Macclesfield Town FC and current shareholder. In a statement on the Conference club’s website, the Cheshire-based team said it was ready to step in after the recent FIFA corruption scandal.

“We are delighted to announce that the town of Macclesfield will be launching a bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. After intense discussions with the relevant authorities, the town will be launching an official bid for the prestigious competition,” the website said, adding: “Given the current predicament that FIFA finds itself in, we feel it is vital that a sensible bid is submitted for the next World Cup. This tournament will provide a sustainable and comfortable tournament for the associations of FIFA and the football family.”

It projected a total cost of the tournament at less than 250 pounds sterling, with the town’s Mose Road Stadium hosting the final for 6,335 fans.

Alkhadi, along with his brother Amar, have been involved with the club since 2003. It is understood that the club is now owned by a family trust controlled by the family.

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