South America’s CONMEBOL federation have agreed to back the joint Spain and Portugal bid to host the 2018 World Cup finals.
“The 10 countries are agreed to give the vote to Spain,” said CONMEBOL’S general secretary Eduardo Deluca.
That means three votes for the Spain-Portugal bid on 2 December with Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina represented on Fifa’s executive group.
The Iberian bid is competing with England, Russia and Netherlands-Belgium for the right to stage the 2018 event, while Australia, the United States, Qatar, Japan and South Korea are vying to host the 2022 finals.
The CONMEBOL meeting did not discuss which country it will support for the 2022 finals, which will also be voted on at FIFA’s Zurich headquarters on 2 December.
Earlier this week the Spain-Portugal chief executive Miguel Angel Lopez claimed they already had pledges of as many as eight of the 22 FIFA votes – “All the fish is sold,” said the Iberian head.
Last week FIFA executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii were banned from voting in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting ballot.
Their exclusion leaves 22 members on FIFA’s executive committee with UEFA having eight votes, CONCACAF (three), ACF (four), and OCEANIA unable to vote following Temarii’s ban.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter also votes, with the world governing body chief also having the casting vote in the event of a tie, with the executive committee voting in rounds until one bidder has a simple majority.