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Mali condemns Benin 'aggression'

Benin fans
The match was a draw, but Mali say their party was mistreated in Benin

The Mali Football Federation (FMF) has condemned the treatment of its squad and supporters during their recent qualifying trip to Benin.

It said players, officials, fans and reporters had been faced with "aggression and vandalism, before, during and after Sunday's match".

The game ended in a 1-1 draw - leaving both teams unable to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

The FMF has asked for action to be taken against Benin.

It has not given details about what sanctions it would like imposed by football's world governing body Fifa or by the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

The FMF said it thanked the government of Mali for its "prompt reaction and intervention" and appealed for calm from its fans.

Two years ago Mali's players were attacked after a Nations Cup qualifying match in Togo.

Togo were subsequently banned from playing their home matches in Lome.

There has been no response from Benin so far.

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