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Togo appeal case for Nations Cup draw in 2012 is dismissed by CAS

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Feb 18, 2010

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Togo’s appeal for provisional measures to be taken to ensure their place in the preliminary draw for the 2012 African Nations Cup have been dismissed, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has confirmed. Togo were disqualified from the next two African Nations Cup competitions by the Confederation of African Football following their withdrawal from the tournament in Angola last month.

CAS statement after the jump….

As part of that appeal they asked for provisional measures to be taken to ensure they could be included in the 2012 preliminary draw, which will be made on Saturday. However, CAS has dismissed that request, insisting that if Togo are successful in their appeal to be reinstated then the draw would need to be revised at some stage in the future, with the qualifying competition not due to start until September.

A statement from CAS read: ”The FTF lodged an appeal at the CAS following the decision of the CAF to suspend the national team of Togo for the next two editions of the African Nations Cup.

”In its appeal, the FTF requested provisional measures in order to be able to participate in the draw of the qualifying round for the next ANC which will take place on 20 February 2010.

”The CAS has rejected such request for provisional measures after having considered that the non-participation of Togo in the draw of 20 February 2010 would not call in question the participation of the team in the first qualifying matches for the African Nations Cup 2012 which will start in September 2010.

”The CAF has indeed admitted that there would be no material obstacle to the organisation of a new draw in the event that the appeal of the FTF is upheld. In view of such guarantee, the CAS has considered that, at this stage, there was no risk of irreparable harm for the FTF.

”The arbitration procedure continues in accordance with the regular CAS procedure. A panel of three arbitrators will be constituted within the next days and a hearing should take place in spring 2010.”

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