According to sports observers, the International Federation of Football Association has taken this decision in accordance with its regulations.
Joel Matip the Cameroonian defender will not play with his club Liverpool throughout the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) that is currently played in Gabon. According to sources, the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) has forbidden his club to align him. This decision of FIFA is due to the fact that he “sullied” the national selection.
“During the meeting last Sunday between Liverpool and Manchester United, Joël MATIP was content to be a spectator on the sidelines, not for any reason of health, but because a little earlier, the FIFA reminded the English team of the substance of a settlement of the case, “one learns.
This regulation prohibits a player from playing matches for his club while his national team is participating in a competition. Starting from this regulation, the English club Liverpool announced in a statement that the 25-year-old Cameroonian defender could miss all the Reeds matches until the end of the AFCON.
In order for Joel Matip to be in line, FIFA’s approval is now required. Our sources reveal that Liverpool has taken steps to recover his rights. However, his efforts so far have proved futile. Since 15 January 2017, FIFA has not changed its position.
On 16 January, FIFA responded to Liverpool’s request. “A player summoned to one of the teams representing his federation shall not have the right, unless otherwise agreed with the said federation, to play for his (her) club’s account the time that he/she should last or should have lasted with the national team”Said one of FIFA’s spokespersons.