Eto'o denies chance to appeal suspension
December 20, 2011
Samuel Eto'o, the captain of Cameroon's national football team, was recently given a 15-game suspension for his involvement in the recent player strike. When the judgment was first decreed by a disciplinary committee, many thought that Eto'o would try to appeal the decision. However, the 10-day window for him to do so has run out, and no effort was made to contest the punishment, according to Goal.com.
"Samuel Eto'o will not appeal this decision because he's a victim of a gross injustice," Eto'o's lawyer, Gabriel Perfect Kaldjob, told Xinhua. "You cannot sanction the spokesman of a group in this manner. Eto'o was defending the collective interest of the players of the national team. This sanction is aimed at ending the international career of my client with Cameroon."
The suspension will prevent Eto'o from playing in most of the qualifying games for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which could put the team's future success in jeopardy.