Togo players threaten to boycott Swiss match

June 18, 2006

Togo's players could boycott Monday's World Cup Group G match with Switzerland if money they have been promised has not been transferred into their bank accounts, according to defender Jean-Paul Abalo.

Togo only travelled to Dortmund from their base in Wangen in southern Germany after being assured they would be paid money owed for qualifying for the country's first ever World Cup.

Abalo said that if the money had not appeared in their bank accounts tomorrow then the team would discuss whether to go ahead with the fixture.

'We will decide tomorrow,' Abalo said after training at the Westfalenstadion. 'We want to see the money in our accounts - it's the group that decides.

'This will be the decision of the whole squad - not just one player.'

Abalo claimed that the dispute was not about bonuses for performances in Germany but the bonus they were promised for qualifying.

'Just the bonuses for qualifying,' he said. 'We have not seen any money yet.

'We reached an agreement in principle with the (Togo) Football Federation this morning. Now we must wait and see.'