Kolo and Yaya Toure Set To Miss FA Cup Clash With United
Manchester City’s Ivory Coast internationals Kolo and Yaya Toure will miss the FA Cup third round clash with rivals Manchester United this weekend after national coach Francois Zahoui rejected the club’s request to let them play.
The pair are set to feature for the Ivory Coast in the upcoming African Cup of Nations, which starts on 21 January, but FIFA rules dictate that players can be called up for their national sides up to two weeks before the start of the tournament.
City had hoped that Zahoui would grant the Toure brothers special dispensation to play in the Manchester derby and allow them to join up with the training camp after, but the Ivory Coast boss insisted they report for a meeting in Paris on Saturday.
“Clubs know the rules,” said Zahoui, “I’m expecting them for the FIFA deadline. The national team in Ivory Coast is led by people who are well educated and I was surprised that people in England think that we don’t know the rules about dates.”
Zahoui, who claims that he travelled to England to discuss the situation with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini as well as Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas Boas, also warned they should not create a “stand-off” between club and country.
“I said to managers, ‘be careful because there’s a great expectation here and we need our cohesion. We have our 10 days together and we need a team spirit at our training camp’. Don’t turn this into a stand-off – our call-up day is 7 January,” he said.