Court of Arbitration for Sport delays Togo ban decision

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has rejected Togo’s appeal for a provisional reversal of their ban from the next two Africa Cup of Nations.

Its decision means Togo will not be in Saturday’s draw for the 2012 qualifying matches which begin in September.

However, Cas has said if it eventually finds in Togo’s favour, the draw should be restaged at a later date.

Togo were banned by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) after pulling out of the 2010 Nations Cup in Angola.

They withdrew after a gun attack on their party killed two people and injured several others, on the insistence of the Togolese government.

When they announced the move, Caf said the Togolese players had wanted to stay, and therefore the decision to pull them out amounted to “government interference”.

The imposition of the ban sparked a vocal campaign within Togo to have the decision reversed.

Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor joined those who voiced their opposition to the move by Caf, calling it “outrageous”.

he country’s coach Hubert Velud said he wanted to involve the heads of Fifa and Uefa, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini in the campaign.

The draw for qualifying for the 2012 Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon takes place on Saturday.



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