Sadio Mane’s public relations manager, Bacary Cissé, has accused Leroy Sane of racially insulting the winger when the two fell out during their time together at Bayern Munich.
Mane’s £34m move to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr was confirmed on Tuesday, ending the Senegalese striker’s disastrous spell at Bayern just a year after he joined Liverpool with high expectations.
The main takeaway from his time in Germany was his clash with Sane in April after Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad, which City won 3-0.
As the players left the field, Mane and Sane were seen arguing and Mane is believed to have punched his teammate in the face, leaving him with a bloody lip as other players were forced to separate them.
Just over three months after the incident, Cissé, speaking with After CMR foothas alleged that Sane ‘racially insulted’ his client and that Bayern covered up the ‘crazy’ incident as the fallout unfolded.
Sadio Mane’s public relations manager, Bacary Cissé (pictured), accused Leroy Sane of racially insulting his client.
Mane (left) reportedly punched his Bayern Munich teammate Sane (right) after their 3-0 loss to Manchester City in April.
Mane has now left Bayern after a disastrous year at the club that was highlighted by his falling out with Sane, which Cisse says was caused by the German player.
Asked if Sane racially insulted Mane, and if Bayern tried to cover up what happened and protect Sane, Cissé replied: “Yes, indeed.” I cannot go into certain details. That’s why I said there was ingratitude on the part of Bayern. It’s crazy.’
Mane was said to have been picked up at Munich airport in a private vehicle when the team returned the day after the game, while Sane boarded the team bus.
Sane was seen donning a cap on what appeared to be a bit to hide his injuries after the incident, and the players were finally seen engaging in a more civil manner on the pitch days later.
Cissé defended his client delving into what he judged the personality of both players, before launching an attack on the German press for its coverage of what happened.
“Everyone who knows European football knows that Sane is a very condescending guy, while Sadio is very calm and he has shown it everywhere he played,” he said.
‘Sane has pushed the limits. A lot of bad things were said about what happened. A lot of dirty stuff came out of the German press. They sided with Sane against Sadio. They said they fined Sadio €500,000, which is a lie.
It was claimed that Sane was left with a bleeding lip after Mane’s alleged punch.
‘Sane apologized to Sadio after the incident. Because? Because she knew he was the one screwing her up. She called some players and told them: “I texted Sadio, tell him to reply.”
“Sadio responded and accepted his apology, but told him that this should not happen again.”
Set to pocket a staggering £34m a year (£650,000 a week) in Saudi Arabia, Mane joined Cristiano Ronaldo’s team in the Saudi Pro League and Al-Nassr has also added the likes of Seko. Fofana, Marcelo Brozovic and Alex Telles this summer.
Cissé, meanwhile, has sensationally claimed that the Bayern Munich striker’s departure was not for footballing reasons but because they couldn’t understand how an African star was their highest-paid player.
The striker’s £34m move to Saudi Pro League side Al-Nassr was confirmed earlier this week.
Cissé has alleged that his departure from Bayern “was not a football decision” and was fueled by his nationality and salary
“It was not a football decision (to sell it),” he said.. “Sadio’s salary bothered the Germans, they didn’t understand how an African gets into the club and becomes the top earner ahead of everyone, so they wanted to get rid of him.
They never called the player’s representatives. They never told Sadio face to face that they wanted to get rid of him. They just sent (Thomas) Tuchel to tell him that he will be the third-choice left-back.
Sadio has nothing to prove to the Germans. He did not become what he has become thanks to Bayern. It was thanks to Liverpool. Bayern was ungrateful. They were paying an African all this money, and it hurt them.
Bayern Munich denied any of the allegations and issued the following statement in response to claims by Mane’s public relations manager, which read: “We have terminated our contract with Sadio Mane by mutual consent.” The accusations of racism, as they are now being raised again from Sadio’s entourage, are unfounded and have been from the beginning.
Our coach, Thomas Tuchel, never told Sadio that he couldn’t use it anymore. FC Bayern appreciated Sadio Mane as a person and as a player. Unfortunately, our common objectives, which we had set ourselves with his commitment, have not been met.
‘That happens in football. We wish Sadio all the best and every success in his new club!’