The U.S. Soccer Federation has sent a strongly worded telex to FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, to ask that the United States' bid to play host to the 1986 World Cup be reconsidered.
The telex was in response to Thursday's decision by the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) to dismiss the United States' bid to host the 1986 World Cup. Mexico is now considered the strong favorite to be the host.
USSF Vice President Werner Fricker, who also is president of this country's World Cup organizing committee, sent the message, terming FIFA's decision as "unacceptable," and asked for a meeting to discuss FIFA's decision no later than April 5 in "Zurich or any other location."
The FIFA offices are closed until Tuesday.
USSF President Gene Edwards, declaring that he "hasn't given up" on the U.S. Cup bid, said yesterday he did not approve of the USSF telegram and objected strenuously to its strong language. He did not have the authority to veto the message, but he said he did insist that the language be less inflammatory than the original version.
"You don't throw gasoline on a smoldering fire," said Edwards. "The telegram was purely a reflex action. I was hoping we might use this weekend to do a little spadework, consolidate our position and answer FIFA's statement thoughtfully and intelligently."
Fricker was not available to comment yesterday.
Edwards, who said he tried to keep the language in the telegram "calm," is fearful of FIFA's reaction to it. "If we say 'the hell with FIFA', we are only one country out of 150 (members). They could lock us out of youth exchanges, national tours, the World Cup, the Olympics . . . "
FIFA's statement said bids by both the United States and Canada had "deviated too much" from the requirements for staging a World Cup, and that it would henceforth consider only Mexico's proposal. FIFA objected to the coast-to-coast traveling distances in the U.S. and Canada; Canada also proposed using nine stadiums, instead of the required 12.
A five-man FIFA delegation was to have visited all three countries in early April to review proposed stadiums and facilities for hosting the Cup. The committee, which will announce its final decision May 20, will now visit only Mexico April 11-18.