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

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

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.

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Roberto Martinez hails Everton players after win over Manchester United

Roberto Martinez saluted the focus and adaptability of his Everton squad after a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Transfer news: Atletico Mineiro to take Nicolas Anelka to FIFA

Atletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil has said that he is considering taking Nicolas Anelka to FIFA.

Premier League: David Moyes admits defensive errors cost Manchester United at Everton

David Moyes feels Man Utd conceded 'terrible goals' on his return to Everton and says missing out on the top four hurts.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

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