England opponents Senegal under investigation for breaking Fifa’s World Cup rules before Ecuador clash
SENEGAL are under investigation for breaking FIFA rules prior to their crucial World Cup win over Ecuador.
Aliou Cisse’s men booked themselves a tie with England on Sunday after beating the South Americans 2-1 in their final group game.
Senegal beat Ecuador to reach the last 16 on Tuesday[/caption]
But they have landed themselves in hot water with football’s governing body following their pre-match conduct.
This is in relation to boss Cisse attending his pre-match press conference WITHOUT a player from his squad.
Fifa rules dictate that the day before a game every team must conduct a presser in one of two press conference rooms at the main media centre.
The team’s head coach must attend, along with one player from his squad.
Before their first two games, Senegal manager Cisse went to the press conferences with Krepin Diatta and Kalidou Koulibaly respectively.
But ahead of the crucial match with Ecuador, he came alone – defying the Fifa regulations.
And Fifa subsequently confirmed on Wednesday that they will be investigating the matter.
A statement read: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened proceedings against the Senegalese Football Federation due to the potential breaches of article 44 of the Regulations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, article 2.7.2 of the Media and Marketing Regulations and article 8.5.3 of the Team Handbook.
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“The potential breaches relate to the mandatory press conference that took place on 28 November ahead of the Ecuador v. Senegal FIFA World Cup match.”
It is expected that Senegal will now receive a fine after Germany were hit with an £8,800 penalty for the same offence before their draw with Spain.
German head coach Hansi Flick claimed he did not bring a player with him to the press conference because his squad are based in the north of Qatar and he did not want to force an individual to make the three-hour round trip to the media centre the day before their huge match.