Senegal have accused Watford of refusing to launch Ismaila Sarr for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations and will probably be looking for FIFA’s intervention, the nation’s soccer federation stated on Sunday.
The federation stated Watford had advised them on Friday they might not be releasing the extremely rated midfielder for the match in Cameroon, which kicks off on Jan. 9 and the place Senegal are one of many favourites.
“The English membership Watford notified on the idea of spurious arguments its resolution to dam the participant Ismaila Sarr, who has expressed his want to hitch the Senegalese choice for the Cup of Nations,” stated an announcement signed by the Senegal Soccer Federation [FSF] common secretary Victor Seh Cisse.
“The FSF responded instantly to verify the participant’s call-up and the membership’s obligation to launch the participant by no later than Jan. 3,” it continued.
It added Senegal would take the matter up with FIFA if “Watford persists in its deliberate refusal to launch the participant”.
“The FSF needs to precise its deep condemnation of the disrespectful, pernicious and discriminatory behaviour of Watford who search by all means to stop a participant from taking part in together with his nationwide staff.
“Africa, its soccer and its footballers deserve the identical respect as that accorded to different continents, confederations and gamers.
“The FSF will take all the required motion to make sure that the essential proper of its footballers to play for his or her nation is revered,” it added.
Watford didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Sarr has not performed for the membership since he suffered a knee ligament damage throughout Watford’s 4-1 win over Manchester United in November however he’s near returning to full health.
The Premier League strugglers have already refused to allow Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis to hitch up together with his nation, saying the Nigerian Soccer Federation didn’t name him up in time, lacking the deadline to tell the membership of his choice.
Nigeria didn’t contest the declare and have since changed Dennis of their squad.
Watford, who misplaced in stoppage time to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and slipped nearer to the relegation zone, will lose three different gamers to the match — William Troost Ekong of Nigeria and the Moroccan pair of Imran Louza and Adam Masina