OM will not have the right to operate to recruit new players during the next two transfer windows, according to a source close to Fifa. A sanction which also involves the suspension of Pape Gueye for four months in the context of the dispute between him and the Watford team.
Olympique de Marseille should however appeal this decision taken by the Dispute Resolution Chamber of Fifa and this procedure being intended to be suspensive, the Marseille team could keep their hands in the middle of the winter transfer window. Fifa’s decision is also accompanied by a fine of “just over two million euros” against OM, according to the same source.
For his part, Pape Gueye was suspended for four months from all official competitions with OM, as with Senegal. On Friday, he was also unable to play with his selection against Guinea (0-0) in the African Cup of Nations. Again, the midfielder should appeal, like his club, this decision.
A procedure opened in July 2020
The procedure had been opened by the English club of Watford, with which Gueye had committed before withdrawing and joining the French club. Before joining Olympique de Marseille in 2021, Pape Gueye, trained in Le Havre, had indeed signed a pre-contract with Watford. At the end of April 2020, the English club announced his signing for five years, from the following July 1. But Gueye has in the meantime terminated the contract unilaterally for formal defects.
Born in France, he played with the U18s and U19s of France before opting for Senegal, his parents’ country of origin, in October 2021. He signed his first professional contract in Le Havre in 2017.