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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 March 2007, 19:50 GMT 20:50 UK
Togo axe Adebayor and two others
Emmanuel Adebayor
Adebayor has been a thorn in the side of Togo football officials
Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor and two Togo team-mates have been kicked out of the national team following a row over bonus payments.

He was axed along with striker Kader Cougbadja and defender Nibombe Dare.

The Togo Football Federation (FTF) acted "after analysis of indisciplined behaviour" by the trio "before and after" Saturday's Sierra Leone game.

On Friday, Adebayor said players have yet to receive bonuses promised to them for reaching the World Cup.

Togo moved top of group nine of the 2008 Nations Cup qualifiers after beating Sierra Leone 3-1 in Lome in a game in which Adebayor scored twice.

But according to the FTF, the ongoing problem over player bonuses is at the heart of its decision.

"These players made indecent remarks concerning the FTF management," FTF manager Zep Kuete told a local radio station.

Adebayor revealed on Friday that Togolese internationals, who threatened to boycott last year's World Cup over a bonus row, are still waiting to receive their payments for reaching the finals in Germany.

"The bonus problem is still there. We were given promises but still nothing has been done," said Adebayor.

"We're still waiting to see the management and it's in their interest to meet with us as soon as possible.

"Whatever happens, we're not going to let this go. If they don't pay up, I don't know what will happen."

The players are still waiting to be paid roughly a third of the US$162,000 they were promised for reaching the World Cup finals.

Togo has a history of bonus disputes between players and football officials. Their participation in last year's Nations Cup came under threat until mediators found a solution at the last moment.

Do you think Adebayor and his colleagues have been unfairly treated?

This debtate is now closed some of your comments are published below.

I'm a long life Arsenal fan and am a huge fan of Adebayor. I think he's settled into the premiership very well and has played a big part in Arsenal's season so far. However, playing for your country is an honour. Togo should have been proud for reaching the world cup. Not demanding bonus payments! I'm sure Adebayor gets paid enough at Arsenal
Duncan Mackie, England

I think Adebayor is doing the right thing because he is a good leader. He is not fighting for the bonuses because he does not make enough at Arsenal, but he is thinking of the other players who may not be as privileged as him and yet are ready to sacrifice for their country. I am sure Adebayor will be better off not playing for Togo following this decision.
Malik Salifu, USA

Whilst I agree with the principal of Mr Mackie's comments, in this situation I believe that Adebayor is in the right. It appears that these bonus payments were agreed in advance with the FTF and the players are contractually entitled to them. I'm sure any of us would not be too pleased if our employers withheld our bonus at the end of the year despite reaching the agreed targets. And don't forget that Adebayor is representing all the players. Some of them need the money.
Toby Ware, England

The players have been treated is unfairly. It is right for the players to question the FTF on bonuses they were promised. Expelling them is chaotic for the national team as these are the key players for the team.
Samuel Saa Sakama, Liberia

I used to be against Adebayor on this issue - he gets paid more than enough at Arsenal. However, having listened to him speak on this issue I have changed my mind. Some of his Togolese team mates do not earn as much and they are entitled to be paid. It is only players like Adebayor who have the stature to make that happen. He does not need the money and has received death threats for making a stand. I would ask this - where has the money gone?
Kaveh Guilanpour, UK

It think we have to examine Adebayor's approach in demanding the money. It is not a crime to ask for what has been promised you. African football administrators should also learn to pay the players what they are promised. Players should not be rude when demanding what they have been promised
Ogbuji Innocent, Nigeria

Adebayor is well within his rights to be upset about this. People overlook the fact that he is from a poor part of the world and is providing for his family back home as well as himself. So the bonus won't end up as a deposit on a new 'Roadster' vehicle.
John King, England

I think Adebayor should keep it cool. Playing for your country is privilege and he should himself lucky as such. He has been in news lately for all the wrong reasons.
Bello, S.Taiwo, USA

Serving your country is one thing. Fulfilling your promises is a different ball game. The TFT should live up to its responsibilities rather than hiding behind this face-saving disciplinary measure. I am sure Adebayor was also acting in the interest of the other players.
Kehinde Olusegun Omotowa, The Gambia

For me it's a case of both the players and FTF being wrong! In my opinion players should not accept or ask for any sort of money out of their national teams! It is a privilege to play for your country and surely just expenses should be paid. These players earn probably more in a week than most people in their country do in a year and for me their FA should be investing any extra money into their grassroots football instead of making wealthy footballers even wealthier! Kanu is a great example he sends something like half of his wages each week to his family back home and their village! He is a model professional in that respect where greed hasn't got the better of him. On the other hand the FTF seem to have made false promises and lied to their players. This isn't acceptable and I can see why the players are annoyed about it. At the end of the day if my boss promised me 60 hours pay but after I did the work he said "I can only pay you for 20 hours" I would be more than hacked off!
Adam Fletcher, England

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