West Ham United have been fined £71,000 for fielding striker Diafra Sakho against Bristol City in the FA Cup in January despite informing Senegal that he was unable to represent them in the Africa Cup of Nations, reports the Daily
Sakho came on as a substitute at Ashton Gate and went on to head home the winning goal as the Hammers made it into the fifth round of the world’s oldest domestic cup competition. However, FIFA have ruled that he was ‘ineligible’, as their rules state that a player cannot appear for their club side while they should be on international duty.
Senegal were furious at Sakho’s withdrawal, and found themselves knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations two days following the game at Bristol City. Despite the fine, FIFA have stopped short of expelling West Ham from the FA Cup, although the League One high flyers could ask for compensation.
Manager Sam Allardyce left Sakho out of the squad for Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool as a result of the dispute, which led to FIFA opening its disciplinary proceedings on Monday. Following their decision, football’s governing body released a statement which read: “On 25 January 2015, the player took part in an official match for his club West Ham United. Senegal were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 on 27 January 2015.
“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 (£71,000) and issued with a reprimand, while the player has been sanctioned with a reprimand.”
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