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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 May, 2004, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK
Cameroon ask for leniency
Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o wearing the controversial kit
Cameroon are to appeal directly to the Fifa president Sepp Blatter in a bid to get their World Cup points reinstated.

A Fifa appeals committee on Wednesday upheld a decision to dock Cameroon six points for wearing bodysuits in the African Cup of Nations earlier this year.

The Indomitable Lions wore the kit even though they were advised by Fifa that they could face sanctions because it did not comply with Fifa rules.

Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) deputy secretary general, Ndoki Mukete, told BBC Sport that Wednesday's decision was a huge blow to the federation.

It would be irresponsible not to take the case to the CAS
Cameroon coach Winfried Schafer
"We are looking at other avenues of appealing to the good judgement of Mr Blatter," Mukete said.

He said other legal appeals were also being considered, including taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but a decision on these would not be made until the Federation's legal team returned from Zurich.

"After the various courts have exhausted their competence there is a possibility of presidential clemency.

"We are hoping that for the good of the game he (Sepp Blatter) will be able to arrange a situation that does not compromise the future of Cameroonian footballers."

Meanwhile Cameroon coach Winfried Schafer has urged the federation to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"I am sure we will go to the CAS," he told German sports agency SID.

"It would be irresponsible not to."

Any appeal to the Fifa president could well fall on deaf ears as Blatter was especially outspoken in opposing the uniforms in Tunisia.

And Cameroon has tussled with Fifa before over uniforms, receiving warnings from the world body.

During the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, the former African champions ducked the rules by adding black mesh sleeves which were almost invisible from the stands.

Fifa said all teams competing were meant to have the Fifa World Cup logo stitched onto the sleeves of their jerseys.




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