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Hull City's Phil Brown & Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Redknapp Voice Concern Over Africa Cup Of Nations Players

Hull City's Phil Brown & Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Redknapp Voice Concern Over Africa Cup Of Nations Players

Premier League bosses want African star' returned immediately.

Premier League bosses, including Hull City’s Phil Brown and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Redknapp, believe the Africa Cup of Nations should be cancelled following the recent gun attack on the Togo national team.

Togo’s team bus came under machine-gun fire from armed rebels as it crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo into the Angolan exclave of Cabinda ahead of the tournament, which is due to start on Sunday.

The shooting left the bus driver dead and two players injured, although Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor was unharmed. And Tigers' boss Phil Brown told The Sun: "I am appalled. This throws a question mark against next summer's World Cup.

"You simply cannot put the safety of players, officials and fans at the slightest risk. That is totally unacceptable.

"I have two players, Daniel Cousin and Seyi Olofinjana, on duty [in Africa] and I want them back home here with us as quickly as possible."

Although Spurs boss Harry Redknapp does not have any players at the competition, he also echoed Brown's sentiments in favour of this year’s tournament being scrapped.

"It's frightening," he said. "I agree it's worth considering calling the whole thing off. We can't just sit around and wait for the next shooting."

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie also voiced his concern for the club’s Nigeria striker Kanu, Ivory Coast forward Aruna Dindane and Algeria pair Nadir Belhadj and Hassan Yebda.

"This is a terrible, tragic incident and I am very concerned about this whole situation," he said.

"The safety of all the players must be paramount and that's why I believe they should all come home as soon as possible.

"We have four out there and, although they are not with the Togo team, you naturally worry about their well-being in the light of such an awful attack.

"That's why I'll be calling the FA to ask them to contact FIFA as soon as possible to see what is going to happen next. I know what should happen. It's common sense to scrap the tournament and bring them home."

Tony Corbin, UK