El-Hadji Diouf given five-year Senegal ban

Blackburn Rovers winger, El-Hadji Diouf has been slammed with a five-year Senegalese football ban following comments he made on African football.

The Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) released a statement which reads: “Diouf is banned from performing any football-related activity for a period of five years.”

The forward claimed that the “the whole system of African football is corrupt”, during an interview with Radio France International.

The comments resulted in Diouf being called for a disciplinary hearing which he failed to turn up for. However, the Rovers player is adamant that he heard nothing of the meeting.

The decision could be reversed should Diouf appear before the disciplinary committee, according to the FSF.

The controversial Diouf also looks set to leave his current club, Blackburn, after he failed to turn up for pre-season training and was left out of their pre-season tour to Hong Kong.

Manager Steve Kean says a number of clubs have shown interest, and that he thinks it is time for Diouf to leave.

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