Nigeria to report Newcastle, Millwall to FIFA

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Nigeria Football Federation has threatened to report two English clubs – Newcastle United and Millwall – to FIFA if they do not release their players for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said that Shola Ameobi will not be going to the tournament just as Millwall boss, Kenny Jackett, also said he expects Danny Shittu to turn down Nigeria’s call-up.

NFF member Chris Green said Nigeria will apply the FIFA rules on the players. On Wednesday Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi admitted that a clause in Ameobi’s contract could block him from showing up in South Africa.

“These clubs are not only disrespecting Nigeria but FIFA and (African governing body) CAF as well,” Green told BBC Sport.

“The rules are clear on international games approved by FIFA so we consider these comments as not only ridiculous but totally disrespectful.”

Green has made it clear that the NFF will apply for the full weight of FIFA sanctions on clubs who do not release players.

“We know the rules. FIFA has made it clear that these clubs will not be able to use these players for the duration of the Nations Cup plus an additional five days,” he added.

“We will further push for additional sanctions – we understand these clubs employ our players but they are also international footballers.

“Rules are rules. Newcastle and Millwall must understand the basics (of) why they exist.”

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