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Togo admit using banned Romao in World Cup

Photo from June 17, 2006 shows Togolese midfielder Alaixys Romao during a press conference in Wagen Im Allgu, Germany. By Philippe Huguen (AFP/File) JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Togo have joined Ethiopia in admitting that they fielded a suspended player in a 2014 World Cup Africa zone qualifier.A Togolese football federation spokesman told reporters that Marseille midfielder Alaixys Romao should not have started a June 8 Group I home game against Cameroon."Alaixys received yellow cards in two earlier matches but we did not check if he was eligible before selecting him for the Cameroon match," the official conceded.An Ethiopian official said on Tuesday that they fielded midfielder Manyahile Beyene in a 2-1 away victory over Botswana, also on June 8, when he was suspended having been yellow-carded in two previous games.France-born Romao, 29, was cautioned in matches against Libya at home last June and away to Cameroon last March and was ineligible for the return match against the "Indomitable Lions".FIFA revealed last weekend they were probing several matches for the possible use of ineligible players, including the June 9 match between Togo and Cameroon in Lome.If found guilty, Togo will most likely have a 2-0 victory changed to a 3-0 defeat, giving the the World Cup hopes of six-time qualifiers Cameroon a huge boost.Cameroon are two points behind Libya ahead of a September showdown in Yaounde to decide who wins the group, but a "boardroom victory" would move them into a one-point lead.Assuming Ethiopia are also docked three points, eliminated Group A rivals South Africa and Botswana would come back into contention for first place and a ticket to the five-tie play-offs.FIFA are also investigating matches between Equatorial Guinea and Cape Verde Islands in Malabo last March and in Praia this June but there was no indication it is related to the use of suspended players.The world body are most likely checking whether all the Equatorial Guinea players are eligible to represent the nation, given that none of the starting team in Malabo was born in the central African country.Five were born in Brazil, three in Spain, and one each in Ivory Coast, Ghana and Liberia

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Ethiopia, Togo fielded suspended stars

Morocco's Adrien Regattin vies with Alaixys Romao (right) during a freindly match in Casablanca on November 14, 2012. By Fadel Senna (AFP/File) JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Ethiopia and Togo fielded suspended stars in 2014 World Cup qualifiers during June, according to FIFA match records of the competition.Midfielder Manyahile Beyene played for Ethiopia in Botswana instead of serving a one-match ban having been cautioned in Group A games away to South Africa and at home against Botswana.Another midfielder, Alaixys Romao of Togo, committed a similar offence, starting in a Group I home game against Cameroon when he should have been sidelined following cautions in two earlier matches.World football governing body FIFA issued a statement last weekend saying they were probing games involving Togo, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea over the alleged use of ineligible players, but did not name them.The standard punishment for a team guilty of using an ineligible player is that their opponents are awarded a 3-0 victory, with Sudan, Burkina Faso and Gabon already punished during the 2014 qualifying competition.Sudan played suspended Eldin Adris, Burkina Faso used Cameroon-born Herve Zengue, and Gabon picked Charly Moussono, who represented Cameroon at the 2006 Beach Soccer World Cup.Should Togo, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea be found guilty, it would have a major impact on three groups with eliminated countries South Africa and Botswana (Group A) and Cape Verde Islands (Group B) coming back into contention.Cameroon, who trail Libya by two points with a home fixture against them to come during September, would take a one-point advantage, leaving them needing a draw to reach the play-offs.A player who receives two yellow cards in World Cup qualifiers automatically serves a one-match ban and it is a mystery why Ethiopia and Togo fielded Beyene and Romao.The matches being investigated are Togo 2 Cameroon 0 on June 8 in Lome, Botswana 1 Ethiopia 2 on June 7 in Lobatse, and Equatorial Guinea 4 Cape Verde Islands 3 on March 24 in Malabo.An undisclosed decision was reached by FIFA regarding the Equatorial Guinea-Cape Verde game, but the part-island state must have been found guilty as they lodged an appeal.It does not appear yellow card-related as match reports show Ben Konate was the only Equatorial Guinea player to receive two cautions and he served a one-game suspension.A probable cause of the probe is the use of foreign-born players by the Equatoguineans with the side that started against Cape Verde including no footballer born in the country.Five were born in Brazil, three in Spain and one each in Ivory Coast, Liberia and Ghana.

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Football: Ethiopia, Togo fielded suspended stars

Morocco's Adrien Regattin vies with Alaixys Romao (right) during a freindly match in Casablanca on November 14, 2012. By Fadel Senna (AFP/File) JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Ethiopia and Togo fielded suspended stars in 2014 World Cup qualifiers during June, according to FIFA match records of the competition.Midfielder Manyahile Beyene played for Ethiopia in Botswana instead of serving a one-match ban having been cautioned in Group A games away to South Africa and at home against Botswana.National football federation president Sahilu Gabremariam admitted Tuessday in an interview with the BBC that Ethiopia had blundered by fielding Beyene in the away game against Botswana."We are not going to appeal ... it is a management blunder. ...

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Togo players miss Libya game on safety fears

Togo's forward Jonathan Ayite (R) vies with Tunisia's Khalil Chemmam (L) on January 30, 2013 in Nelspruit.. By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File) LOME (AFP) - Togolese players Alayxis Romao and Jonathan Ayite have ruled themselves out of a World Cup qualifier against Libya in Tripoli out of fears for their safety, the Togolese Football Federation said Thursday.The African Zone 2014 World Cup qualifier set for Friday has been switched from Benina near Benghazi to the capital Tripoli, but some Togolese players wanted the match to take place in another country altogether.The decision to relocate the match was taken after 31 people were killed and 100 wounded in clashes involving former rebels, who helped to topple former dictator Moamer Kadhafi, and demonstrators in Benghazi on Saturday."Alayxis Romao and Jonathan Ayite will not participate in the match against Libya," Herve Agbodan, spokesman for the Togolese federation, said of the Marseille midfielder and Brest striker."They have returned to France, citing security reasons."He said Togo will travel to Tripoli with 20 players and had called on Francis Collin, a striker for Al Mussanah (Oman), after Romao and Ayite's departure.The Togo squad have bad memories of troublespots as their team bus was attacked by gunmen on the eve of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Angola.Two members of the entourage as well as their Angolan bus driver were killed and several players were wounded.The clashes in Benghazi flared after dozens of demonstrators, some armed, tried to force the powerful "Shield of Libya" brigade from its barracks in Benghazi.They encircled the headquarters and called on regular security forces to step in, saying they wanted rid of armed militias in the city.The Shield of Libya is mostly made up of rebels who battled Kadhafi in 2011, and it is formally under defence ministry control.

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FIFA switch Libya-Togo qualifier to Tripoli

Residents of Benghazi on June 9, 2013, carry the body of a demonstrator who was killed during clashes. By Abdullah Doma (AFP/File) PARIS (AFP) - The African Zone 2014 World Cup qualifier between Libya and Togo set to take place on Friday was switched on Monday from Benina to the capital Tripoli, football's world governing body FIFA announced.The decision was taken after 31 people were killed and 100 wounded in clashes involving former rebels, who helped to topple former dictator Moamer Kadhafi, and demonstrators in the nearby city of Benghazi on Saturday.Togolese captain Alaixys Romao had expressed his surprise in L'Equipe newspaper on Monday that the match was still planned for Benina which is around 10 kilometres from Benghazi."There were more than 30 deaths and they want to send us there?

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Togo legislative polls set for July 21

Security forces patrol in the streets of Lome, Togo, on June 7, 2013. By Daniel Hayduk (AFP) LOME (AFP) - Togo's long-delayed legislative polls will be held on July 21, the government announced Friday, as the deadline for registering candidates was pushed back following signs that the opposition is planning a boycott.The small west African nation has been ruled by the same family for more than four decades and has in recent months seen waves of protests by an opposition and civil society coalition demanding sweeping political reforms.Officials had previously indicated that the vote would be held in July, but a specific date had not been fixed."The date of the legislative elections is set for Sunday, July 21, 2013," Labour Minister Yacoubou Hamadou said in a statement read on national television.The polls had initially be scheduled for October 2012.On Wednesday, key opposition leaders said they would not register their candidates for the election as conditions for a free and fair vote were not in place.Registration of candidates had been set to close on Monday, but the deadline has been pushed back to June 16, in a bid to "ease tensions" Public Administration Minister Gilbert Bawara said in the broadcastEarlier Friday, security agents fired teargas to stamp out a demonstration called by opposition groups to protest alleged irregularities in the election process.Togo was led with an iron fist by Gnassingbe Eyadema from 1967 until his death in 2005, when the military installed his son, Faure Gnassingbe, as president.Gnassingbe won elections in 2005 and 2010, but both polls were marred by allegations of fraud.

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Togo’s security agents use teargas to abort protest

Gendarmes clash with opposition supporters gathered near the Gendarmerie Nationale in Lome on March 12, 2013. By Daniel Hayduk (AFP/File) LOME (AFP) - Togo's security agents on Friday used teargas to abort a protest planned by a group of opposition women in the capital Lome.Two opposition coalitions of political parties and civil society groups had called on their members to protest on Friday against alleged irregularities in the electoral process ahead of a parliamentary poll.Authorities had last month banned all protests in Lome by the opposition after windows were broken and cars damaged in an earlier demonstration.Policemen were on Friday deployed to six take-off points for the street march, reports and an AFP correspondent at the scene said.A group of about 30 women who gathered were swiftly dispersed with teargas."We would not give up, we are ready to confront the security forces," one of the protesters said."Authorities don't have the right to stop us from protesting.

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Opposition member held in Togo over market fires

Youths attempt to gain access to a smouldering hotspot in Lome's 'Big Market' on January 12, 2013. By Daniel Hayduk (AFP/File) LOME (AFP) - Another member of Togo's opposition coalition "Let's Save Togo" has been arrested and detained on allegation of complicity over the fires that ravaged two markets in January, his lawyer said.The chairman of the Movement of Centrist Republicans, Abass Kaboua, had last March 12 been charged with "conspiring to destroy public property and criminal association" following the fire incidents.The judge forbade him from making public statements on the matter."Kaboua was arrested on Wednesday...

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Togo bans planned opposition protests

Opposition supporters run across the beach in Lome on March 14, 2013. By Daniel Hayduk (AFP/File) LOME (AFP) - Togo authorities on Wednesday banned two protests in the capital Lome planned by the opposition after windows were broken and cars were damaged after a demonstration the previous day."Let's Save Togo", a coalition of opposition and civil society groups, had on Tuesday begun three days of demonstrations to protest the death in detention of an opposition member and to demand the release of others held in connection with fires last January at two markets.Two key markets were ravaged by fire in January, causing millions of dollars in damage and leading to the arrest of opponents of President Faure Gnassingbe.A number of protests organised by the coalition over various issues have been either banned or dispersed with tear gas in recent months.Protesters marched on Tuesday through the streets of Lome before assembling peacefully for a rally.But the government issued a statement -- read on state television late Tuesday -- saying that a crowd later began "to attack public and private properties".It said seven vehicles were vandalised while two others were set ablaze and the windows of a hotel were broken."In view of... ...

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Togo leader slams rich countries over aid cuts

Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe waves on November ...

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