Nigeria warn Newcastle over Ameobi

| December 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Nigeria Football Federation has warned it could pursue sanctions against Newcastle and Millwall over player availability for the African Nations Cup.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said striker Shola Ameobi will not be appearing in the tournament, which begins on January 19, while the Lions also expect Danny Shittu to reject any call-up.

FIFA rules stipulate that if no prior agreement between club and country has been reached then players who do not report for international duty can be made ineligible for the period of their proposed call-up as well as facing an additional five-day extension.

NFF board member Chris Green told BBC Sport: “These clubs are not only disrespecting Nigeria but FIFA and CAF (Confederation of African Football) as well.

“The rules are clear on international games approved by FIFA so we consider these comments (by Newcastle and Millwall) as not only ridiculous but totally disrespectful.

“We know the rules. FIFA has made it clear that these clubs will not be able to use these players for the duration of the Nations Cup plus an additional five days.

“We will further push for additional sanctions – we understand these clubs employ our players but they are also international footballers.

“Rules are rules. Newcastle and Millwall must understand the basics why they exist.”

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