NEW YORK (WABC) – New York City Mayor Eric Adams will be among at least one million fans expected to fill the stands during this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Adams will be in Qatar from Thursday to Sunday to watch the World Cup as New York and New Jersey prepare to host the tournament in 2026 at MetLife Stadium.

He says that he pays for the trip out of his own pocket. While there, he said he plans to speak with officials and organizers.

For the first time, the 2026 World Cup will be shared by three different countries. Both Mexico and Canada will host the games alongside the United States

Controversy has dogged FIFA for decades, particularly over their decision to host this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

The US men’s soccer team won the Tuesday’s do-or-die match against Iran but ahead of the game political tension was rising.

The USA will advance to the round of 16. Adams did not say whether he would attend their game against the Netherlands on Saturday.

Ahead of his trip to Qatar, Adams will be in Greece on Wednesday for a summit against anti-Semitism.


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