West Ham fined over Sakho appearance
West Ham have been fined £71,000 for Diafra Sakho’s appearance in the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Bristol on January 25.
Sakho was prevented from joining up with the Senegal squad for the Africa Cup of Nations because of a recurring back problem, but he came off the bench to score the winner for the Hammers against Bristol.
His appearance prompted the Senegal Football Federation to contact FIFA over the issue and football’s governing body subsequently launched an investigation into why he played for West Ham when he was supposed to be injured.
West Ham could have been removed from the FA Cup but instead the club has been fined £71,000 and reprimanded for playing Sakho.
“FIFA can today confirm the decisions of its Disciplinary Committee in the case involving the English club West Ham United and the player Diafra Sakho,” a FIFA statement read.
“Diafra Sakho was called up by the Senegalese Football Association on 18 December 2014 to play for Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 taking place in Equatorial Guinea between 17 January and 8 February 2015, as well as to attend the training camp of the said representative team from 5-16 January 2015 in Morocco.
“The Senegalese FA was informed by West Ham United that Sakho was prevented from playing and travelling by plane due to injury and thus he did not join the Senegal team.”
Sakho was not named in the squad for last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Liverpool, but he will be available for Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.
“The club and the player have received the decision and will now be focusing their concentration on the game against Manchester United on Sunday,” a statement from the club read.
Hammers co-chairman David Gold added: “I’m pleased it has been resolved. However, I am disappointed that in a small way it may be perceived we have acted inappropriately.
“We did everything by the rules and we now move on to the fifth round clash against West Bromwich Albion.”
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