CAF Tells Michel Platini To Mind His Own Business

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has blasted Uefa president Michel Platini for comments made by the Frenchman relating to the possible postponement of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.  In a televised broadcast on Sunday, the President of the Union of European Football Association, questioned maintaining the scheduled date of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015.  The issue has been debated and has been in the public domain the last few days following a request for postponement by the Kingdom of Morocco due to the Ebola outbreak.

On this issue, many speakers, including Platini, have been making reference to the World Health Organization (WHO) to justify their support for a deferral of the championship.  In a statement, CAF says this is without any reference to a single recommendation of that organization that the postponement of any sporting event on the African continent or outside, in other countries where cases are reported, with which the CAF has been in constant contact since the beginning of the epidemic on the continent.

The statement went on to say that apart from the three countries heavily affected by the epidemic namely; Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where the WHO has clearly indicated to CAF on the need to avoid huge gatherings, that measure for now only applies to no other country on the continent.  The confederation also pointed out that under the principle of non-interference required to comply, CAF has refrained so far to comment on some issues on the managing of European football or any other continent.

Despite the risks involved in armed conflict in Ukraine, a country where a civilian plane was shot down killing nearly 300 people, Uefadid not consider it necessary to exclude Ukrainian clubs from its competitions as a security parameter by hosting games outside this nation, as treacherously raised once it is about Africa.  CAF reaffirmed the importance it attaches to respect of its sovereignty and does not intend to let anyone interfere in the management of its affairs.