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Last Updated: Monday, 3 May, 2004, 17:32 GMT 18:32 UK
Puma urges fan support
Samuel Eto'o Fils in the controversial kit
Puma have asked fans to back Cameroon's appeal to Fifa
Sportswear manufacturers Puma has started a campaign urging fans to back Cameroon's bid to win back the six 2006 World Cup qualifying points.

Fifa docked the points after the Indomitable Lions wore Puma's controversial one one-piece kit in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations.

Under the motto "Nothing is Possible", the company says the sanctions, which also include a US $154,000 fine, were unjust and out of proportion.

The firm is encouraging fans to air their views via a new website - www.myindomitablelions.com.

An advertisement ran in national newspapers in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Britain and France on Sunday and Monday.

"We want to collect opinions and statements from fans and see how they view this decision," a Puma spokesman said.

He added that Puma had yet to decide what it would do with the fans' views.

Fifa said the kit breached its regulations making clear shorts and shirts have to be separate.

Fifa officials said they had already shown leniency by only warning Cameroon after they wore the one-piece suits in the group phase of the Cup of Nations.

Cameroon soccer officials said Fifa did not give them enough time to arrange an alternative kit.

Puma argue that the kit does conform to Fifa's rules and that it had sought the relevant approval from African soccer's governing body last year.

"Nothing says a one-piece kit is not allowed, this outfit also does have two different elements," the spokesman said.

Cameroon soccer officials plan to appeal against Fifa's decision.


SEE ALSO
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23 Apr 04  |  African
Cameroon to plead for mercy
20 Apr 04  |  African


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