The Senegal Football Federation has suspended El Hadji Diouf, Blackburn striker, for five years from all soccer-related activity in the country.
The decision was announced after the 30-year-old Diouf reacted angrily to the federation’s claims that he had failed to appear for a disciplinary hearing last week.
“I can confirm Diouf has been suspended for five years during which he will not take part in games organised by the federation,” secretary general Victor Cisse said.
Diouf has been involved in several on and off the field disputes during his career. The former Liverpool, Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers player was recently summoned to a meeting with Senegal football federation officials after he told Radio France International “the whole system of African football is corrupt”.
He also said he would “go to war” with the federation if they took action against him.
Steve Kean, Blackburn’s manager, said that he thought it was time for Diouf to leave the club, indicating that inquiries have been made by other clubs.