Former Senegal player Khalilou Fadiga thinks Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp should have apologised for his controversial comment about AFCON.
The 54-year-old gaffer in an interview, after Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League, called the AFCON a ‘little tournament’ in the post-match conference.
“I’ve heard that so often that there’s no international break until March. In January, there’s a little tournament in Africa, I just want to say, and I think Asia is playing games, too ‘ South America as well, great, can’t wait,’ said Klopp.
Klopp’s comment created mixed feelings from fans, while some believe it’s a sarcastic comment, some took it as a direct insult.
The former Senegal player described Jurgen Klopp as a good person with a decent character, but was only careless in his choice of words on that day.
“He should have apologised to cut the story short, he should have apologised. We know that he his someone who is very respectful and he is a big coach.”
“We know he has a lot of respect for everyone, you know sometimes as human being, we say some words that we regret and when you say things like that you have to apologise, thats it.” Khalilou Fadiga said.
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse, who has been in charge of the Terenga Lions for six years, also slammed the Liverpool coach over his comment.
“Who does he (Klopp) think he his’ ? I manage Senegal and my players play for Klopp at Liverpool. I respect Liverpool but not Klopp who undermines African football events.“ Aliou Cisse said.
The former Bolton wanderers’ player believes African players gives the Premier league a lot of joy and something different.
“We are a continent of 54 countries and the biggest continent in the world. We have a lot of talented football players who gives them a lot of joy in the English premier league, I know that he didn’t think it like that, but for the next time you just have to apologise.” He concluded.
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