STATEMENT: Malick Mané

Contrary to media reports, as of this morning Malick Mané has not been released from his loan agreement with Central Coast Mariners FC.

Mané requested a release late last week citing personal/family issues related to not settling in Australia.

After meetings with the player Central Coast Mariners FC are open to releasing Mané from his loan spell in Australia on compassionate grounds, but no paperwork has yet been finalised.

Central Coast Mariners FC strongly reject that Mané swore at his teammates during the half time break of Wednesday’s Westfield FFA Cup semi-final against Adelaide United, as has been reported by some media.

Mané did express his disappointment at being told of his impending substitution in the change rooms in Adelaide, but did not direct anything towards his teammates, the coaching staff, or club.

Should a mutual termination of Malick Mané’s loan agreement with Central Coast Mariners FC occur, the Club will update its members, fans and media.

Central Coast Mariners will support Malick Mané to the best of its abilities until his playing future is resolved – be that with the Club or elsewhere.