Sissoko considers Mali future
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Valencia's Mohammed Sissoko is close to ending his international career with Mali.Valencia midfielder Mohammed Sissoko is considering his international future after the riots that marred Mail's recent World Cup qualifier with Togo.
Sissoko played in Mali's 2-1 defeat last weekend, and was caught up in the massive pitch invasion that was sparked by Togo's last-minute winner.
A total of 81 arrests were made in Bamogo as violence spilled out on to the streets after the game, and Mali fans chanted death threats against some of the team's better-known players like Frederic Kanoute.
Sissoko - who has now returned to Spain - admits the whole experience left him badly shaken, and is now deciding whether to continue playing for his country.
"I have still not got over the fear caused by what happened in my country," he stated.
"If the situation does not change I have decided to not to play anymore."
Sissoko, who signed for Valencia from Auxerre, also had the chance to represent France at international level, but, despite last week's shameful scenes, does not regret his decision to opt for Mali.
"I am not unhappy with the decision to play with Mali and not France because I am 100 percent with my country, but this transmitted a very negative image before the world," he added.