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The truth behind ‘fake news’ claims Senegal manager ‘blasted’ Jurgen Klopp

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The furore over Jurgen Klopp‘s ironic quip over the Africa Cup of Nations being a “little tournament” continues, though the latest headlines are not to be believed.

However, while Cisse was diplomatic in his approach to Klopp’s words, he did point out that: “Klopp says out loud what a lot of coaches in Europe are whispering.” There is clearly a sense that African football, and the AFCON, is still not held to the same regard as major competitions in Europe, but it is obvious that this is not what Klopp intended.



Cisse did not question Klopp’s integrity, nor did he ‘blast’ or ‘slam’ him for having “the guts to call AFCON a ‘small tournament’.” Roughly translated, Cisse in fact told itv Senegal: “I can’t answer what Jurgen Klopp says because I don’t know in what context he’s saying it.



He is where he is today because of African footballers,” Cisse is claimed to have told itv Senegal.



Incredibly, the truth still appears to have been conveniently set aside when it comes to claims the Liverpool manager disrespected the continent of Africa.

Following his joke that the Reds’ campaign will be disrupted by a “little tournament in Africa,” Klopp was confronted by an African journalist who missed the point completely and demanded he apologise.

Now, falsified quotes attributed to Senegal manager Aliou Cisse have unsurprisingly made it into English publications, whose writers appear either not trained enough or not given enough time to separate truth from fiction.
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