Senegal under investigation for breaking FIFA World Cup rules ahead of England clash

Senegal is set to land themselves in hot water with FIFA ahead of their World Cup last-16 match against England.

The African champions, who suffered the devastating blow of losing talisman Sadio Mane just before the tournament began, beat Ecuador 2-1 on Tuesday to secure runners-up spot in Group A.

Aliou Cisse’s side was up against it in Qatar after losing their opening game 2-0 to the Netherlands, but they bounced back with a 3-1 victory over the hosts to set up the winner-takes-all clash against the South Americans, in a match that would feature three goals all scored by players based in England.

Watford’s Ismaila Sarr coolly rolled his side ahead from the penalty spot having taken over spot-kick duties from Mane, then after Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo equalized for Ecuador, Chelsea center-back Kalidou Koulibaly picked an ideal time to score his first goal for his country to put his side back ahead.

Senegal eventually held on, and will now face England at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on Sunday evening.

However, prior to that game, it was confirmed on Wednesday morning that the Senegalese FA face a FIFA probe for not complying with World Cup regulations prior to the Ecuador game.

One day before each of their matches it is mandatory for every team at the tournament to conduct a ‘Matchday -1 Press Conference’ in one of two press conference rooms at the World Cup’s main media centre.

These have to be attended by the team’s coach and a player from the squad, often the captain.

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