Togo ‘s sanctions lifted and general amnesty

14/05/2010
Togo ‘s sanctions lifted and general amnesty

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Friday confirmed that the sanctions, which were imposed on the country after they withdrew from the 2010 tournament in Angola earlier this year, would no longer stand.
The decision came after a meeting by CAF's Executive Committee in Cairo this morning, where president Issa Hayatou was to have made the request following a mediation hearing with FIFA head Sepp Blatter last week.
Togo withdrew from the 2010 competition in January following a terrorist attack on their team bus in the Cabinda enclave of Angola which left three people dead.
A settlement was eventually reached last Friday in Zurich following a sitting between the two, overseen by Blatter. As part of the agreement, the FTF agreed it did not comply with CAF competition regulations over their withdrawal in Angola.

Herewith the communique published on Friday by the Confederation of African Football (CAF)

The Executive Committee of the African Confederation of Football, in its meeting held in Cairo on Friday 14th May, at the request of President Issa Hayatou decided to lift the suspension preventing Togo from playing in the 2 upcoming Orange Cup of Nations.
The sanction had been decided on 30th January 2010 in Luanda following the unexpected departure of the Togolese delegation on the very day of the Kick off for the competition.
In the course of a meeting held in Zurich on 7th May 2010, under the auspices of the FIFA President, Mr. Joseph Blatter, the representatives of the Togolese Football Federation publicly admitted their mistake, particularly that of not having communicated to CAF its withdrawal from the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in conformity with the regulations of the competition.
The Togolese delegation officially recognized its forfeit from the 27th edition of the African Cup of Nations as not having been legitimate and having been an infraction to the CAF regulations.
The Togolese FA understands the fact that CAF applied the sanction it did for the non respect by the Togolese Federation for the regular procedure necessary to withdraw from the competition.
Having taken the floor before the members of the Executive Committee, President Hayatou reminded the Committee of the fact that CAF is always there to guarantee that respect for the laws and the regulations established by its institution at all times and in all circumstances including the most painful ones. It was CAF's duty to impose such respect.
Following the lifting of the sanction, Togo is now reintegrated in the preliminaries of the Orange African Cup of Nations 2012.
Moreover, the Executive Committee unanimously decided to declare a general amnesty for all ongoing sanctions, with the exception of those imposed as a result of physical aggression against a referee or an official.
President Hayatou indicated that on the eve of such an important event as the organization of the World Cup on our continent, different actors, particularly players conducive to the selection of South Africa as a venue should take part and benefit from the occasion of this great football feast which is organized on African soil.

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