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FIFA suspends Pape Gueye from Senegal due to investigation into transfer of midfielder from Watford to Marseille

FIFA suspends Senegal star Pape Gueye from football as part of investigation into the midfielder’s transfer from Watford to Marseille just 17 hours after signing for Premier League club

  • FIFA has banned Marseille’s Pape Gueye from playing pending an investigation
  • Watford signed the Senegal international on a free transfer in July 2020
  • Gueye penned a £45,000-a-week deal but signed for Marseille 17 hours later
  • The Hornets could still claim compensation for the transfer of Gueye











FIFA has reportedly suspended Marseille midfielder Pape Gueye as part of their investigation into his move to Watford’s Ligue 1 club in 2020.

Due to the suspension, Gueye, who is currently with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, cannot participate in a match until further notice.

The 22-year-old came off the bench on Monday for Senegal’s 1-0 win over Zimbabwe, but was not in the selection for Friday’s 0-0 draw against Guinea.

Pape Gueye (left) has been banned from football by FIFA pending an investigation

‘There were problems between Watford and Marseille on transfer’ [and] FIFA has suspended him,” said Senegalese manager Aliou Cisse.

Gueye joined the Hornets in the summer of 2020 on a free transfer from France’s Le Havre, but was sold to Marseille just 17 hours later.

Despite his incredibly short stint as a Watford player, the Premier League club was able to claim damages as the Senegal international signed a pre-contract with them in January 2020.

The midfielder signed from Watford on July 1, 2020, but was sold to Marseille 17 hours later

The midfielder signed from Watford on July 1, 2020, but was sold to Marseille 17 hours later

The Senegal international claimed he was ill-advised after joining the Hornets

The Senegal international claimed he was ill-advised after joining the Hornets

But Watford could still claim damages from the Ligue 1 giants in the bizarre saga

But Watford could still claim damages from the Ligue 1 giants in the bizarre saga

Gueye reportedly signed a £45,000-a-week contract with Watford in the summer of that same year and was registered as a player on 1 July 2020. Mirror the player then claimed that he was ill-advised.

Less than a day after he was officially introduced as a Watford player, Gueye revealed that he had agreed to move to Marseille.

“Very happy and proud to announce my signature for the next four years at L’Olympic de Marseille,” he wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of him wearing the Ligue 1 giants’ training shirt.

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