Trinidad turns down Yorke appeal

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Port of Spain, Trinidad (Sports Network) - The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) turned down an appeal from Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke to play in Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Honduras.

Yorke was suspended by the TTFF for missing the teams warm-up match against Panama last Sunday. Consequently, Anthony Rougier of second division Reading was also suspended for missing the game.

TTFF president Oliver Camps said: "I received a letter from them appealing the decision but I told them there was nothing to consider because, as far as I am concerned, it was the coach's decision."

"The coach can decide at any time which players he wants in his squad."

Trinidad coach Ian Porterfield commented that he would stand behind the technical staff and leave the players out. He does, however, feel it will be difficult, seeing that the two players are key components to the team.

"It's a sad day for me personally because you don't want these things to happen, really," Porterfield said on Wednesday.

"Everyone wants their best players, that's what it's all about. It's a big hole in a sense but at the end of the day we've got to get on with the job."