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Fifa boss to mediate in row between Togo and Caf

By Matthew Kenyon
BBC African Service

Players in shock after the attack (video grab)
The Togo squad came under fire on their way to Cabinda

Fifa president Sepp Blatter is to mediate in the row over Togo's exclusion from the Africa Cup of Nations, according to the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

Togo pulled out of the recent tournament in Angola after two members of the squad were killed in an attack.

Caf banned the Hawks from the next two Nations Cups because the decision to withdraw came from the government.

The move sparked protests in Togo and elsewhere across Africa.

Togo's case had been due to be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.

But that process has now been put on hold with CAS instead overseeing the mediation talks between the two parties on 7 May.

Protesters burn an effigy of the president of the Confederation of African Football Issa Hayatou during a protest march held in Lome.
The decision to ban Togo sparked protests across the continent

"The arbitration procedure has been suspended considering that the parties wish to solve the dispute by mediation," CAS said in a statement.

Caf said that Sepp Blatter, the head of world football's governing body Fifa, would lead the talks.

Neither Fifa nor the Togolese Football Federation were immediately available for comment.

The attack on Togo's team convoy took place as they travelled to their base in the northern Angolan enclave of Cabinda.

Two members of the party died and one was seriously injured and after several days of confusion the team was called home to take part in national mourning.

The attack was claimed by the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (Flec).

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