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Togo launch appeal over Nations Cup ban

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Togo appeal against their suspension from the next two African Cup of Nations
  • Togolese government take the matter to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Togo were banned after walking out of this year's tournament following attack on thier bus
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(CNN) -- Togo have decided to launch an appeal against their suspension from the next two African Cup of Nations tournaments.

The west African nation were banned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) -- and fined $50,000 -- after the team opted to withdraw from this year's tournament in Angola in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on their team bus which killed three people.

However, the Togolese government have now taken the matter to the Swiss- based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an attempt to overturn the ruling.

A senior CAF officer told the official Reuters Web site that he hoped Togo would be successful in having their ban overturned.

"I am Togolese and I sincerely hope that they will lift this ban," said Seyi Memene, the CAF's first Vice-President.

"A team of high-level lawyers has been put together and I hope to see they find the best solution possible."