Did the deleted tweet spoil the surprise of Houston hosting the 2026 World Cup?

Cities will find out on Thursday whether they have been chosen to host 2026 World Cup matches

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FILE – French soccer fans watch France take on Belgium in a FIFA World Cup semi-final match on a giant screen in Times Square in New York, July 10, 2018, in New York City. American cities will find out on Thursday if they have been selected to host the 2026 World Cup.

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FIFA will announce the host cities for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday at 4 p.m., and Houston should have an excellent chance of being one of the 10 or 12 U.S. cities chosen. Some football fans are already celebrating after the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority – in a since-deleted tweet – posted details of a Friday party “celebrating Houston as host city of the 2026 World Cup!”

Chris Canetti, chairman of the Houston 2026 World Cup bid committee, told Fox 26’s Mark Berman on Tuesday that no Host City will know the outcome of the selection process in advance and will watch the 4 p.m. announcement on television, much like college basketball teams do on the Sunday selection before the NCAA tournament.

“We’re not going to be warned, we’re going to watch the show and learn our plight live on TV like everyone else,” Canetti said.

In a since-deleted tweet, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority tweeted plans for a World Cup celebration party.

In a since-deleted tweet, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority tweeted plans for a World Cup celebration party.

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It is likely that the tweet was written in anticipation of being selected and was only supposed to be posted after the selection show.

Less than 30 minutes after the accidental tweet, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority posted a new tweet clarifying “IF Houston is selected as the host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup there will be a celebration party on Friday the 17th June.”

Sneaky Twitter denizens aren’t necessarily buying it because they’ve rolled out their favorite collection of winky-face GIFs.

The announcement will be televised on FS1 and Telemundo Deportes from 4 p.m. Thursday.

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