Saturday, January 30, 2010

It seems to be the case that no matter in what part of the world you look, the governing football bodies the world over give the appearance of being clueless.

Step forward the latest candidates, The Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Everyone was shocked at the terror attack that took place on the Togo team bus before this year's African Nations Cup started in Angola.

With two people killed, and others injured, it seemed that everybody understood Togo's decision to head home from the tournament to mourn. Everybody that is except the CAF, who today banned Togo from taking part in the next two African Nations Cup tournaments, fining them $50,000 at the same time.

It's a truely shocking and unbelievable decision, which Togo will appeal and that has left their government rightly fuming and threatening legal action.

The CAF are citing government interference in the game, whilst at the same time showing coldness I don't think I can think of a worse example of in all my years of following football.

FIFA are disgracefully keeping silent on the matter.

There's so many things wrong with this situation. At a time like this when the families of the dead are more important than the game, football ends up the big loser.

The CAF should be ashamed of themselves.


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