The controversy surrounding Diafra Sakho has been decided upon with FIFA imposing a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($108,100, £71,0000) on West Ham United on Wednesday for playing the Senegal striker in an FA Cup match despite his withdrawal from the Orange Africa Nations’ Cup, Equatorial Guinea 2015.
Diafra Sakho was called up to Senegal squad but he pulled out before the tournament kicked-off on January 17 due to a reported “back injury”. He later played for the Hammers in an FA Cup fourth round match on January 25 in which he scored the goal in a 1-0 win over Bristol City. Senegal Football Federation then put forward a protest to FIFA who opened disciplinary proceedings.
“The FIFA disciplinary committee has found the club and the player to have violated… the regulations in relation to the match played by Sakho on 25 January. The club has been fined 100,000 Swiss francs and issued with a reprimand, while the player has been sanctioned with a reprimand,” said FIFA’s statement.
By: Jammeh E.K. Bojang