Diafra Sakho, West Ham Face FIFA Inquiry

FIFA rules state that a player cannot appear for a club if he was meant to be on international duty.

Published: 02nd February 2015 10:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2015 11:17 PM   |  A+A-

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LONDON: Striker Diafra Sakho and Premier League club West Ham United face a FIFA inquiry over Sakho's withdrawal from Senegal's Africa Cup of Nations team.

According to football's governing body, it has opened disciplinary proceedings for "a potential violation of regulations".

The 25-year-old pulled out of the squad citing a back injury, but later scored for United in their 1-0 FA Cup triumph over Bristol City Jan 25.

FIFA rules state that a player cannot appear for a club if he was meant to be on international duty, but the Hammers deny any such wrongdoing.

A FIFA spokesman said: "We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings were initiated against the player Diafra Sakho and the club West Ham United for a potential violation of the Fifa regulations on the status and transfer of players."

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