Liverpool in Dispute with FIFA and Cameroon after Joel Matip Rejects to Play at the Africa Cup of Nations

Liverpool will apparently be in conflict with Cameroon and FIFA over Joel Matip. After declining to play in the Africa Cup of Nations, Joel Matip is faced with a FIFA ban to play with Premier League.

The defender has enraged Hugo Broos, coach of Cameroon by deciding to stay on Merseyside and promote the title bid of Jurgen Klopp.

Matip is suspended regardless of missing out on the play-offs which begins next month in Gabon. The defender is among the seven players who have declined a Cameroon call-up.

Allan Nyom, defender of West Brom has clearly declared that he does not want to lose his position in the Tony Pulis’ team.

But coach Broos is exasperated and might ask FIFA to disallow the players from club games for the duration of the competition which is programmed from 14 January until 5 February.

Broos mentioned that these players have prioritized their personal interest over those of the state team and the federation has the right to reprimand the players in agreement with FIFA rulings.

FIFA’s regulations allow players to be suspended who reject call-ups without justifiable reason.

Liverpool is not agreeable to lose one of their top defenders during the critical part of the season should Cameroon make a protest to FIFA.

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