Togo players end cup boycott fears
Pfister, left, and Togolese forward Emmanuel Adebayor talk in training.
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany -- FIFA intervened to talk Togo's players out of boycotting Monday's Group G World Cup match with Switzerland, officials said on Sunday.
"We pointed out the seriousness of the matter," FIFA spokesman Markus Siegler said after the players finally agreed to catch a flight for Dortmund after hours of negotiations over unpaid bonuses.
FIFA rules state than any team which fails to turn up for a match is immediately disqualified.
They could also face financial penalties and be banned from other FIFA-sanctioned competitions.
The players had at first refused to leave their hotel and it was unclear if they had come to an agreement over the money with Togo football authorities.
Togo boarded their plane two hours later than planned and, after checking into their Dortmund hotel, scheduled a training session for late evening.
Togo's German coach Otto Pfister stepped down on June 9 over the row after his team had refused to train, but returned three days after being told that an agreement had been reached.
"I understand the players, they are being promised things but then nothing happens," he told reporters at the hotel before the team left for the airport.
Pfister said the federation had yet to pay the players an agreed 50,000 euros ($62,500 dollars) bonus for reaching the finals.
Each team at the World Cup is paid one million Swiss francs (642,000 euros) by FIFA who also pay the travel cost of 45 people per squad.
Togo, who lost their opening Group G game 2-1 to South Korea, face Switzerland on Monday in Dortmund.
Their final game in the group is against France on June 23.
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