21 Dec 2016 21:51:37
Hi all just wondered if people had seen the reports of matip possibly been banned during the African nations cup. Apparently Cameroon are looking at it as he has refused to join up with the squad. Surely this can't be right after all he has the right to choose if he wants to play or not.

Many thanks.

1.) 21 Dec 2016
21 Dec 2016 22:52:29
Can't he just retire from international football? Surely then they can't do anything. The whole thing is a joke if you ask me.

2.) 22 Dec 2016
22 Dec 2016 06:37:13
It's all media rubbish! The players are contracted to their clubs, not the national team. All Cameroon could do is never select him again, but that's it.

3.) 22 Dec 2016
22 Dec 2016 07:45:46
Personally, I think it's terrible that he's chosen not to represent his country. The man is a role model for young children and playing for your national team should be an honour. Mané's still going. I'm glad he isn't going like but i'd be happier about him as a person/ professional if he was. It would show that he plays for passion and not just the coins.

{Ed001's Note - I agree it is an honour, but why is it terrible that he has chosen not to represent his country? What have young children got to do with it? Why does playing for your country mean he is playing for passion, when it comes with salary bonuses to his contract and personal benefits, such as increased exposure and earnings from sponsors? You might disagree with his choice, but you are judging him based on nothing, it is just as possible passion is why he is not going, but you know absolutely nothing about the situation and have decided to criticise one of the players you are supposed to support.

This decision not to play for Cameroon while he sorted out his career was made a while ago, and his national team was well-informed and have been kept informed. There should be no issue here at all. Cameroon have deliberately turned it into one for their own reasons and that is their choice.}

4.) 22 Dec 2016
22 Dec 2016 10:49:03
International football is rubbish, especially the England set-up.

In fact, its pure cringe.

Leave all that to your supporters of clubs in the lower divisions, and just enjoy Liverpool Football Club and the overrated premier league.

5.) 22 Dec 2016
22 Dec 2016 10:56:17
At the end of the day he was born and raised in Germany so he probably just doesn't feel that passionate about representing Cameroon. Can't blame him, especially with what African fa's are like with paying players late and stuff. Was it Cameroon who had to fly a plane of cash to the 2014 World Cup because they hadn't payed the players or something?

{Ed001's Note - didn't their women's team just have a sit-in at a hotel over not being paid?}

6.) 22 Dec 2016
22 Dec 2016 17:34:47
The cash in a plane was the Ghana national team and the nigeria ladies (falcons) where sat in a hotel, cheers.

7.) 22 Dec 2016
22 Dec 2016 19:42:58
Didn't he say as soon as he signed we didn't need to worry about him going to the AFCON because he wanted to establish himself and settle at Liverpool first otherwise the move would be pointless. I for one feel it's commendable that the player wants to put us first.