Blatter to speak with Cuba after 3 players defect

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Associated Press

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 5:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 5:05 AM

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he will talk to Cuban officials about the defection of three national team players before a World Cup qualifier in Canada last week.

The players disappeared nine months after two players with the Cuba women's team fled to the United States following a match against Canada in Vancouver.

Blatter says it is a serious issue that "we cannot let just stand there — it will not work."

Blatter will study FIFA's reports into the latest incident Thursday in Toronto before acting.

The FIFA president says he will personally contact "the sports authorities in Cuba, but giving them a copy to give to their political authorities."

Cuba had just 11 players available to face Canada on Friday and lost 3-0.

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