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Aliou Cisse: Elimination of Senegal is proof of players commitment

Japan v Senegal: Group H - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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Fair play points have been used to settle groups for the first time at a World Cup, with Japan and Senegal finishing with an exact number of points and identical goal difference and goals scored tallies.

Senegal was eliminated from 2018 World Cup due inadequate fair play points. While reacting to the elimination, Senegal’s coach Aliou Cisse says his side’s elimination was a proof of his team’s commitment.

“This is the law of football,” Cisse told a news conference Goal.

“We don’t qualify because of fair play, we have a fewer number of points in the fair play but today I’m proud of my team, their work and today Senegal does not qualify because we don’t deserve it. This is life.

“This is one of the rules. We have a number of rules which are established in the regulations and we have to expect that. We would have preferred to be eliminated in another way, it’s a pity for us but this is how it works.

“We knew these were the regulations but we are fully committed and since we are committed maybe we get more yellow cards, it’s a pity.

“I think my players were aware of the regulations but as I said Senegalese players are highly committed so its difficult to play well if you don’t play with commitment, I don’t know if this regulation is cruel or not but I can’t ask my players to go out on the pitch to avoid yellow cards.

“You have to be in contact with other players and it’s a shame it worked against us.”