Marseille Face Potential Ban for Pape Guye Transfer Agreement

    Olympique Marseille could be suspended for signing any players in the next two transfer windows. Sky Sportpending the outcome of an appeal against a verdict handed down by FIFA over a year ago.

    In April 2020, Watford announced that they had agreed on a free signing for Papa Gay from French team Le Havre for the following summer, and a provisional contract had been signed setting out the Senegalese player’s move to England. But the player withdrew from the agreement, apparently at the eleventh hour, and instead signed with Marseille.

    Watford filed a formal complaint of breach of contract with FIFA, who announced their verdict in January 2022: Guille was to be suspended from football for four months and Marseille were to receive a transfer ban for two windows. However, the verdict was deferred shortly thereafter as all three parties (the player and both clubs) filed separate appeals against the decision and the case went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

    In the meantime, Gueye was loaned out to Sevilla until the end of the season.

    CAS confirmed that the 24-year-old midfielder was present at the initial stage of the two-day hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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