Liverpool & West Brom rebels face Premier League suspensions

Liverpool & West Brom
Liverpool & West Brom

Liverpool & West Brom

There’s a threatening story in the Times on Thursday morning concerning Liverpool and West Brom.

The story relates to a pair of Cameroonian internationals: Joel Matip and Allan Nyom.

Both players are facing possible suspensions from playing for their clubs in the Premier League in January, after Cameroon’s FA have decided to get a little nasty.

Cameroon want Matip and Nyom in their squad for the upcoming African Cup of Nations in Gabon, but both players are resisting call-ups.

That’s triggered the following club versus country stand-off:

Joel Matip, the Liverpool defender, and West Bromwich Albion’s Allan Nyom have been threatened with suspension from club football in the New Year after opting out of Cameroon’s plans for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Cameroon FA claims it will consider invoking a Fifa regulation preventing players from representing their clubs for the duration of an international tournament if they fail to play for their country when requested.

So what’s going to happen?

It’s unclear.

Cameroon seem to have the law on their side as the FIFA rules state players can only ignore international call-ups where they receive the consent from their relevant association.

A resolution in this issue is likely to play out next week, when Cameroon’s final 23-man squad is announced.