Liverpool fears FIFA sanctions after the Cameroonian international refused to join the Indomitable Lions.
Joel Matip was not in the group of Liverpool who made a draw (1-1) this January 15, 2017 with Manchester United on behalf of the 21st day of the English Premier League. The Cameroonian international, wounded for a while, has nevertheless resumed training. But his club had to reluctantly choose to do without his defender.
The reason being that the current 3rd of the English championship of the first division fears a possible suspension from the FIFA. The younger brother of Marvin Matip was recently summoned by the Cameroon team coach to prepare for AFCON 2017. An invitation to which the former member of Schalke 04 objected, explaining he was not yet ready to make his return to the Indomitable Lions after his troubles with the previous staff of the Indomitable Lions.
However, a player who refuses to honor a summon in the national selection is liable to sanctions on the part of FIFA. These may be pecuniary. The player in question may also be suspended from all matches played by his club during the period of the convocation. To do so, the federation concerned (FECAFOOT), must appeal to the world body of football.
In an information note published this very day on its website, Liverpool said it had seized FECAFOOT to find out if it had filed an action against its defender. “The Cameroon Football Federation has yet to confirm that Joël Matip can play during the African Cup of Nations,” the club said. So, Jürgen Klopp had to do without the Cameroonian.
The FIFA rules also provide for sanctions against the club that aligns a player who declined the invitation to the national team. The club may lose all matches played with the player during the relevant period. Currently in race for the title in the championship, Liverpool does not want to take this risk and therefore prefers to play the card of caution, waiting to see clearly.