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FIFA suspend Senegal’s Pape Gueye amid probe into midfielder’s transfer from Watford to Marseille

FIFA suspend Senegal star Pape Gueye from football as part of probe into midfielder’s transfer from Watford to Marseille just 17 hours after he signed for Premier League club

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


FIFA have reportedly suspended Marseille midfielder Pape Gueye as part of their investigation into his move to the Ligue 1 club from Watford in 2020.

The suspension means that Gueye, who is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, cannot take part in any competition until further notice.  

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

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

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

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

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

Despite his incredibly short stint as Watford player, the Premier League club were able to claim compensation as the Senegal international had 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 had been badly advised after joining the Hornets

The Senegal international claimed he had been badly advised after joining the Hornets

But Watford were still able to claim compensation by the Ligue 1 giants in the bizarre saga

But Watford were still able to claim compensation by the Ligue 1 giants in the bizarre saga

Gueye reportedly signed a £45,000-a-week deal with Watford in the summer of the same year and was registered as a player on 1 July, 2020. However, according to the Mirror the player subsequently claimed he had been badly advised. 

Less than a day after he was officially presented as a Watford player, Gueye revealed he had agreed to join Marseille.

‘Very happy and proud to announce my signature at L’Olympic de Marseille for the next four years,’ he wrote on Instagram as caption for a picture of him wearing the Ligue 1 giants’ training top.

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