Senegalese football clubs are planning to report English Premier League side, Watford, over failure to remit solidarity fees following the transfer of Isamaila Sarr from Rennes.
The two clubs, Linguére de Saint-Louis and Generation Foot, say that they are entitled to 5% of the overall transfer in what is referred to solidarity or development fees as stipulated by FIFA.
Sarr joined Watford in August 2019 from Ligue 1 side Rennes in a deal reportedly worth around £35 million. The two Senegalese therefore are entitled to at least £1.7 million from Watford.
Speaking to Senegalese newspaper L'Observer, a Generation Foot official confirmed that they have not received any money from the English club.
"It is unfortunate that an English club can do this to African clubs. It is shameful! The money goes through the English federation. I hope they will not pretend to use the Covid-19 as an excuse, because the transfer was made long before. We sent them several emails, but they didn't respond. What is serious in this case is that they say they sent a transfer order to Linguére but they say that haven't received anything yet "said Mady Touré, head of Generation Foot.
Mady added that they will be forced to seek FIFA's intervention to get what rightfully belongs to them.
“If the English club does not respond within a week, we will have to take the matter to FIFA. They (Watford executives) know that in the event of litigation, it can take one or even two years. They will have a payment deadline."
This misunderstanding between Watford, Linguére and Génération Foot has no impact on Ismaila Sarr career in England.
Sarr was part of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with The Lions of Teranga where Aliou Cisse gave him the opportunity to play the entirety of the game - the side lost 1-0 to Algeria in the final.
The Hornets handed the 21-year-old a five-year contract which will see him remain at the club until June 2024.