Senegal miffed at Sakho’s recovery
WINNER: Diafra Sakho WEST HAM insist they have done nothing wrong by playing Diafra Sakho at the weekend.
Senegal coach Alain Giresse is angry the striker played at Bristol City in the FA Cup on Sunday, when he scored the only goal of the game.
The 25-year-old missed the Africa Cup of Nations because of a back injury.
Giresse wasn’t expecting to see him in a Hammers shirt while the tournament was on and had a pop on learning otherwise.
He said: “When you cannot fly for six weeks and then suddenly you’re playing a football game, there must be miraculous medicine in England.
“I’m surprised to learn he played.
“This sets a dangerous precedent because you’re going to have players claiming they can’t catch planes to Africa but who can still play football.”
Sakho’s injury was initially caused while on international duty and the Hammers are convinced it was not treated properly by national team medics.
Upton Park boss Sam Allardyce insisted that meant Sakho was unable to fly long distances, but could get about by car.