West Ham have been fined €91,000 for fielding Diafra Sakho during their FA Cup clash with Bristol City , but will not be expelled from the competition, FIFA have confirmed.

Sakho pulled of the Africa Cup of Nations because of a back problem but then went on to score for West Ham in their 1-0 win over the
League One side on January 25. Senegal’s Football Federation subsequently lodged a complaint with Fifa after learning of Sakho’s involvement in the contest but the world governing body has opted not to expel the London club from England’s most prestigious cup competition or punish Sakho with a
suspension.

Instead West Ham have been fined 100,000 Swiss Francs, which works out at approximately €91,000, while Sakho has been issued with a reprimand.

The decision does, however, cost West Ham most of their €120,000 prize money for winning in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

A Fifa statement read: “The Fifa Disciplinary Committee has found the club and the player to have violated art. 5 of Annexe 1 of the Regulations in relation to the match played by Sakho on 25 January 2015.

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