CAN 2022: Senegal and OM midfielder Pape Gueye suspended by Fifa

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 former 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 the English club Watford, announced Friday his coach Aliou Cissé. Pape Gueye, 22 years old, currently present in Cameroon with the Lions of Senegal, “had problems outside the national team. There were problems between Watford and Marseille on a transfer. Fifa suspended him,” Aliou Cissé said in a video seen by AFP on Friday. The midfielder did not participate in Senegal’s second match at the CAN 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. another problem that has happened to us like so many other problems since the start of this AFCON.” The information on the suspension of Pape Gueye “came this morning around 11H00-noon. The menagar team (of the team) had the information from his lawyer who told us to be careful: do not play him”. “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 the HAC signed a four-year lease. A transfer that Watford disputes. The Premier League team which had been relegated to the Championship formalized the arrival of Pape Gueye on 29 April 2020, three months before his arrival at OM.

The player had refused to join the London team, believing that 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.