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Premiership managers want African Nations Cup scrapped after shooting

Premiership managers want the African Nations Cup cancelled after the attack on Togo's team bus yesterday. Manchester City will hold emergency talks with the FA after their striker Emmanuel Adebayor was caught up in the Togo gun horror.

Hull boss Phil Brown wants his two players back home now.

He said: "I am appalled. This throws a question mark against next summer's World Cup. You simply cannot put the safety of players, officials and fans at the slightest risk. That is totally unacceptable.

"I have two players - Daniel Cousin and Seyi Olofinjana - on duty and I want them back home here with us as quickly as possible."

Portsmouth, who have four senior players in Africa, also want FIFA to stop the tournament going ahead tomorrow.

The Togo team coach driver was killed - and two players injured - when armed fanatics opened fire with machine guns at two buses.

Adebayor and other players frantically ducked behind seats as gunshots peppered the bus during a vicious 20-minute attack.

Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie said: "This is a terrible, tragic incident and I am very concerned about this whole situation. The safety of all the players must be paramount and that's why I believe they should all come home as soon as possible.

"We have four out there and, although they are not with the Togo team, you naturally worry about their well-being in the light of such an awful attack. That's why I'll be calling the FA to ask them to contact FIFA as soon as possible to see what is going to happen next.

"I know what should happen. It's common sense to scrap the tournament and bring them home."

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