For failing to complete any of their fixtures in this year's tournament. Very sensitive Caf, very sensitive.
The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football met on 30 January 2010 and examined the withdrawal of Togo national team from the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2010.
The Executive Committee and its president renewed their sincere condolences to the families of victims involved in this tragic terrorist attack which happened January 8, 2010. The attack was condemned by CAF and also a total support was given to the Togolese team.
At that time, CAF said they have understood perfectly the decision of players not to participate in the competition.
Meanwhile, following a decision taken by players to participate in the competition, the Togolese government decided to call back their national team.
The decision taken by the political authorities is infringing CAF and CAN regulations. Therefore, a decision has been taken to suspend the Togo national team for the next two editions of Africa Cup of Nations, with a fine of $50,000.00 handed to the Togolese national football association, in conformity with article 78 of Africa Cup of Nations Angola 2010.
mike_gss wrote: Apparently they are citing "political interference" by the Togolese government in reversing a decision (to play) made by the Togolese players. They seem to be punishing the Togo authorites but, of course, it's the players and the people that will lose out.
A difficult one.
Certain parallels between this and the England v South Africa cricket tours of the Apartheid era? The players wanted to play - the government did not.
Can sport really be divorced from the state?
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