On the sidelines of the CAN match between Senegal and Guinea (0-0) this Friday in Bafoussam, Lions coach Aliou Cissé announced that his midfielder Pape Gueye has been suspended by Fifa. A decision following the dispute between his club, OM, and Watford, with which the ex-Le Havre had signed a pre-contract before joining the Marseille club in 2020.
Hard blow for the Lions. Senegalese international Pape Gueye has been suspended by FIFA following a dispute between his club Marseille and English club Watford, his coach Aliou Cissé announced on Friday. Pape Gueye, 22, currently in Cameroon with the Senegal Lions, “had extra national team problems. There were problems between Watford and Marseille on a transfer. Fifa suspended him,” said Aliou Cissé in a video viewed by AFP on Friday. The midfielder did not participate in Senegal’s second CAN match this Friday against Guinea (0-0).
“As long as we have not appealed, he cannot play with us, specifies Aliou Cissé. We actually knew it five minutes before kick-off. This is another problem that happened to us like so many other problems since the start of this AFCON.” The information on the suspension of Pape Gueye “fell this morning around 11:00 am-noon. The menagar team (of the team) had the informaion from his lawyer who told us be careful: do not make him play “. “We have to pray to get him back for the rest of the tournament. It’s not easy yet,” continued Aliou Cissé. Senegal will play their last group game against Malawi on the third day. The Lions and the national Sily of Guinea are almost qualified in the round of 16.
Watford had filed a complaint
Trained in Le Havre, Pape Gueye signed for Olympique de Marseille on July 1, 2020. The player who was coming to the end of his contract with HAC signed a four-year lease. A transfer that Watford disputes. The Premier League team which had been relegated to the Championship had formalized the arrival of Pape Gueye on April 29, 2020, three months before his arrival at OM.
The player refused to join the London team, believing he had been the victim of “abuse” by his former agent Bakari Sanogo. Pape Gueye then entrusted his interests to the lawyer Pierre-Henris Bovis, who quickly felt that he had spotted several irregularities in the contract binding the player to Watford. Considering themselves injured, the Hornets had filed a complaint with Fifa, which opened proceedings last year. According to L’Equipe, the Olympian leaders were seeking an amicable agreement with their British counterparts.