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Togo seek Premier League support to get African Nations Cup ban overturned

Togo are seeking Premiership players support to have their African Nations Cup ban overturned.

Togo were banned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) following their withdrawal from this year's tournament in the wake of a terrorist attack on their team bus that resulted in three deaths.

Their football federation have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the ban and Togo coach Hubert Velud, along with Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, has called for footballing figureheads to aid their cause.

"It's incredible," he told RMC. "No-one can understand such a decision. I think that it's about a rule which has political asides.

"The two families of the deceased (Togo team officials) filed a lawsuit at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris, and just afterwards the punishment from CAF was announced.

"I'm appealing to all the fellow African countries.

"I know that our captain Emmanuel Adebayor is trying to mobilise stars such as (Didier) Drogba, (Michael) Essien, (Samuel) Eto'o and (Frederic) Kanoute. But I don't know where we are with that.

"But above all I'm turning to the two great authorities in football which are FIFA, presided by Joseph Blatter, and UEFA, by Michel Platini, hoping that they can persuade the CAF to see reason.

"I have asked them if they give their moral support to such a decision, and for the moment I have not had any response."

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