Togo Soccer Team Punished After Ambush by Gunmen

African soccer officials ban them from next tournaments
By Nx Doyle,  Newser User
Posted Jan 30, 2010 2:22 PM CST
Promoted on Newser Jan 30, 2010 3:20 PM CST
Togo's national soccer team captain Emmanuel Adeboyar.   (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

(User Submitted) – The Confederation of African Football has banned Togo's national soccer team from participating in the next two African Cup of Nations tournaments. It's punishment for the squad's decision to withdraw from this year's tournament following an attack on the team bus in Angola, reports AFP. Three people were killed.

CAF said its ruling was based on "governmental interference" surrounding the team's decision not to play. "The players publicly expressed their willingness to return to the Nations Cup to compete," said the CAF statement. But the Togo government "decided to call back their national team." CAF also hit Togo with a $50,000 fine. An appeal is planned.

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