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African football and Platini continue war of words

APOLOGY WANTED: Platini (PA)

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL chief Michel Platini wants the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to apologise to him after he spoke about how the deadly Ebola virus could affect tournaments hosted on the continent.

The Uefa president claimed his comments on the virus and its impact of the Africa Cup of Nations were misconstrued and that Caf should say sorry for calling his remarks “treacherous”.

Caf has responded to Platini’s latest demand by saying they will offer no apology.

The African governing body got embroiled in a war of words with Platini when it issued a statement on Tuesday (Oct 21) criticising the Frenchman for interfering in African football.

Morocco is set to host the Cup from January 17 to February 8, next year, but the North African nation has expressed a wish to postpone the tournament in light of the Ebola epidemic, which has killed over 4,500 people – the majority of the fatalities coming in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Caf claimed that Platini called for the Cup to be postponed and said it does not “intend to let anyone interfere in the management of its affairs”.

The Uefa chief has refuted the accusations and, in a letter to Caf president Issa Hayatou, he said: “At no point did I interfere in any way in the affairs of the Caf, and at no point did I call for or support the postponement of the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

“It is for Mr Hayatou to decide on the question of postponement.

“Public health has to take priority, but it is up to them to decide what to do.”

Morocco and Caf are due to discuss whether to postpone the competition next month when officials meet on November 3.

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