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Togo players warned about talking to Korean media

SEOUL, May 22 (Reuters) - Togo players face being dropped from their World Cup team if they speak to reporters from group rivals South Korea, midfielder Junior Senaya was quoted as saying.

'The head coach said he would not let us play in the games if we answer your questions. I want to play in the match and the head coach said there are no exceptions,' Senaya told the Ilgan Sports daily while leaving the team's hotel in Germany.

Togo are coached by German Otto Pfister and will play South Korea on June 13 in their opening Group G match.

Senaya said the coach had also told Togo players not to talk to Japanese or Chinese people, apparently in case they were actually Korean media, the paper reported.

Togo will make their World Cup debut at the finals beginning on June 9. France and Switzerland make up their first round group.