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Kanoute rages at club over country deal

16 June 2007 21:15

MADRID (AFP) - Mali striker Frederic Kanoute claimed FIFA have caved in to pressure from Spanish giants Real Madrid by forcing him to turn his back on international duty this weekend.

Kanoute, who plays for Sevilla and Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, had been expecting to feature in Mali's crucial African Nations Cup clash with Sierra Leone.

But both men have been told by FIFA they must turn out for their clubs on Sunday in what will be the final day of the Spanish League season where Real and Barcelona are locked in a nail-biting push for the title.

"It is not normal what they have done with my country," Kanoute told the Sevilla website.

"They changed the rules and discredit my country because it is African and not European. It is revolting what FIFA has done. They couldn't resist the pressure from Real Madrid."

Despite his anger, Kanoute, Sevilla's top scorer this season, insisted he will still give 100-percent on Sunday when his club face Villarreal.

Sevilla are third in the table, two points behind the leaders and still have a chance of snatching a first championship since 1946.

Real face Mallorca in their last match while second-placed Barcelona are at relegated Gimnastic Tarragona.

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Competition
Primera División
Date
17 June 2007
Game week
38
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