Togo’s football authorities have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over their ban from the next two Africa Cups of Nations.
The ban, which has attracted condemnation from the football world, was imposed after Togo pulled out of the recent tournament in Angola in the wake of the fatal gun attack in which two members of the Togo party were killed.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) say the Togolese Prime Minister’s insistence that the team came home amounted to ‘government interference’.
The head of the interim committee running Togolese football, General Seyi Memene, said the suspension imposed by Caf should be put on hold whilst the case is heard.
General Memene is also a vice-president of Caf but he denied that there was any conflict of interest in his position.
“First of all I am Togolese, so I pray to God that this sanction is lifted,” he said.
When they imposed the two tournament ban, Caf said the Togo players had wanted to continue playing in Angola, but were forced to return by their country’s government.