LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 51 Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1419 times:
Quoting AR385 (Reply 10): If TOGO does more than just show up, then this match may be different
True, but needless to say, if they show up and experience yet another National Anthem fiasco like in the last game, then I fear they'll walk out again. Plus I don't know why Otto Pfister still bothers with the Togolese Federation, after saying that he will pursue legal action against the Togolese official who accused him of being an Alcoholic.
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 5518 posts, RR: 26 Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1394 times:
Quoting LTU932 (Reply 16): So did many of us, but apparently it's not the case.
Quoting LTU932 (Reply 16): It would be a real shame, but if the Federation can't get its act together, then Switzerland would probably win through a forfeit.
It is not over really. Today FIFA had a "chat" with the players and they were told about "dire and serious consequences" if they do not show up. I'll stop short of saying they were threatened, but it certainly must not have been a friendly conversation. So FIFA is making sure they'll show up. If they show up, will they do anything on the field?
At the same time FIFA and the Togolese federation are "talking".
The way I see it, the players face the same issue:
If they don't show up, each of them will probably be banned, from playing within any league under FIFA's umbrella, if not for life, then for a long time. That basically is a career ending proposition. Unless they go an play God knows where.
The Togolese Federation is sure going to be more than reprimanded. I don't know if it can actually be expelled, but surely it will be banned from tournaments or even not recognized for a good amount of time. So Togolese players will not be recognized by FIFA, since their Federation is banned. Also career ending proposition for players.
Both end up screwing up the players, to the same degree. So, what incentive do they have to show up?