Senegal defeated Ecuador 2-1 on Tuesday to advance to the round of 16, but before that match, they broke a World Cup rule that Germany has also broken in this tournament.
Before their World Cup round of 16 matches against England, Senegal is likely to get into trouble with FIFA.
The African champions defeated Ecuador 2-1 on Tuesday to claim the runners-up spot in Group A after suffering the devastating blow of losing talisman Sadio Mane just before the tournament started.
Senegal eventually prevailed, and they will now play England on Sunday night at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
But before that match, it was made official on Wednesday morning that the Senegalese FA would be under investigation by FIFA for breaking World Cup rules before the match against Ecuador.
Every team in the competition must hold a “Matchday -1 Press Conference” in one of the two press conference rooms at the World Cup’s main media center the day before each of their matches.
These must be attended by the coach of the team and one player from the team, typically the captain.
Before Senegal’s match against the Netherlands in the tournament opener, Krepin Diatta of Monaco and captain Koulibaly both made appearances with Cisse.
But before the Ecuador game, he spoke alone for about 40 minutes.
FIFA took a dim view of that and announced on Wednesday morning that disciplinary proceedings had been initiated.
Given that FIFA fined Germany 10,000 Swiss Francs (roughly £8,800) on Tuesday for committing the same offense before their match with Spain, Senegal is now very likely to receive a penalty.
Because Germany is located in the country’s north, as opposed to almost every other team in the competition, Hansi Flick stated that he wanted all of his players to rest and did not want to force one of them to make the three-hour round trip to the Qatar National Convention Centre.