The Den

Next Game

Millwall v Leeds

Saturday, 09 August 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Broadhall Way

Last Game

Stevenage 2 - 2 Millwall

Saturday, 19 July 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Millwall could face sanctions

Millwall have declined to comment on suggestions they may face sanctions from the Nigeria Football Federation if Danny Shittu refuses to play in the African Cup of Nations.

Last Updated: 27/12/12 at 14:14 Post Comment

Danny Shittu: May not be allowed to appear at African Cup of Nations

Danny Shittu: May not be allowed to appear at African Cup of Nations

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The NFF is unhappy at the possibility Nigeria will be deprived of the defender's services when the tournament begins on January 19.

Shittu was named in coach Stephen Keshi's provisional 32-man squad but Lions manager Kenny Jackett has hinted that his player will reject the opportunity to feature in the competition.

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi was also included in the squad, but Magpies boss Alan Pardew says his player will not be taking part either.

"These clubs are not only disrespecting Nigeria but FIFA and [African governing body] CAF as well," NFF board member Chris Green told BBC Sport.

"The rules are clear on international games approved by FIFA so we consider these comments as not only ridiculous but totally disrespectful."

Both clubs could face sanctions if they do not allow their players to be considered for selection, but the Championship outfit said they would discuss the issue with their player first.

Governing body rules would prevent Shittu from representing Millwall for the duration of the African Cup of Nations.

The relevant ruling also states: "This restriction on playing for the club shall, moreover, be prolonged by five days in the event that the player, for whatsoever reason, did not wish to or was unable to comply with the call-up."

Green added: "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 [of] why they exist."

Millwall have also appealed against the red card dished out to Adam Smith in last Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Barnsley.

The on-loan Tottenham defender was dismissed in the 54th minute following a challenge on David Perkins.

The Lions expect to hear the outcome of the appeal on Thursday afternoon, following a meeting of the FA's Disciplinary Committee.

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester United's Juan Mata backs Louis van Gaal's winning mentality

Juan Mata has hailed Louis van Gaal and believes that the Dutchman will bring a winning mentality to Manchester United.

Transfer news: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger prepared to take gamble on Calum Chambers

Arsene Wenger admits signing Calum Chambers from Southampton is somewhat of a gamble, but one he believes will pay off.

Friendly: Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos in Chicago

Raheem Sterling scored a lone early goal as Liverpool beat Olympiakos 1-0 in Chicago in the International Champions Cup.

Mail Box

Reasons To Believe That Van Gaal Will Be The Best

Some supporters sound oh so confident on Louis Van Gaal's excellence. Plus thoughts on shirt sales, best signings, football sevens and a good deal more besides...

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property