African Nations Cup controversy

Udinese request return of Asamoah from Angola

January 9, 2010

Italian side Udinese are taking steps to ensure the safety of their players after the events in Angola and have requested the Ghanaian Football Association and FIFA to release Kwadwo Asamoah immediately.

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After the tragic shooting of the Togo team bus in the Angolan province of Cabinda, a statement on the club's official website has claimed that Asamoah has been asked to return to Udine.

It read: "In reference to the very serious events in Angola during the African Cup of Nations and in protection of the well-being of our player Kwadwo Asamoah, Udinese Calcio have requested the immediate return of our player from the Ghanaian Football Association and FIFA.

"It should also be stressed that the general situation - which itself is very disturbing - is rendered even more dangerous for the Ghanaian national team as they are playing in the same group as Togo and consequently in the place where the cowardly and shocking attack on the Togolese players took place."

The English FA said in a statement it had been in continual contact with all of the English clubs who have players at the tournament.

"We are also working closely with, and being helpfully supported by the Premier League and League Managers Association.

"All of English football would like to offer our sincere condolences to everyone connected with the Togalese squad, especially to the families of those who have been tragically killed or have been injured.

"We will do all we can to ensure the welfare and safety of all Premier League players in Angola representing their countries."