Pape Gueye will be able to play the CAN, the CAS suspends its sanction


The Court of Arbitration for Sport has suspended the sanction imposed by FIFA on Pape Gueye. The Senegalese OM midfielder will thus be able to play for the CAN.

Rebound in the Pape Gueye case, which has complicated Senegal’s life at the CAN since Friday. Olympique de Marseille midfielder will be able to play with the Lions of Teranga.​ The Court of Arbitration for Sport has decided to suspend the sanction imposed by FIFA to the player. Suspended for four months and deprived of the meeting against Guinea, the former Le Havre is now eligible again.

Recruitment ban upheld

The origin of this case dates back to summer 2020. Pape Gueye was initially engaged with Watford before backtracking and choosing OM, where he signed a four-year contract. The English club had filed an appeal with FIFA, which had opened a procedure. FIFA’s sanction has therefore been provisionally lifted. This suspension of sanction only concerns the player, not the recruitment ban imposed on Olympique de Marseille. This is a separate file.

In the afternoon, the Confederation of African Football issued a press release denouncing the notification of FIFA’s decision against Pape Gueye in full competition. In this text, signed by its secretary general Véron Mosengo, the CAF expressed its “surprise” and its “dismay” and deplored the lack of consideration for the CAN. “Would have published in this way (…) a suspension with regard to a Mbappé in the middle of the Euro? “asked the CAF. The CAS was obviously sensitive to these arguments.

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