FIFA opens case against Sakho

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Published: Monday 2nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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FIFA has opened a disciplinary case against West Ham and Diafra Sakho for a “potential violation” of regulations over the striker playing for his club during Senegal’s African Nations Cup campaign.

Sakho came off the bench to score the only goal in West Ham’s FA Cup fourth-round victory over Bristol City on January 25, despite having been ruled out of international duty with a back injury.

The Barclays Premier League club maintain correct procedures were followed, but in the wake of the dispute subsequently decided to leave Sakho out of the squad for Saturday’s match at Liverpool, which they lost 2-0.

A FIFA statement on Monday morning said: “We can confirm, that disciplinary proceedings were initiated against the player Diafra Sakho (SEN) and the club West Ham United for a potential violation of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.

“At this stage we can’t make any further comments.”

Should the case be proven then Sakho could face a domestic suspension and West Ham a fine from the world’s governing body.

Published: Monday 2nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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