Former Royal Sarr hits out at Madejski

By Mark Sugar
October 20 2005

Mass Sarr has hit out at Reading Chairman John Madejski for claiming he was a "waste of space" during his spell with the club.Sarr was signed by Tommy Burns in the summer of 1998 and made 38 appearances,scoring 3 goals before being released by the then boss Alan Pardew.

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Former Reading striker Mass Sarr has hit out at Royals Chairman John Madejski after claims that Madejski said he was a "waste of space".

Sarr signed for Reading in the summer of 1998 for £158,000, yet the Liberian striker could only manage 3 goals in 38 appearances which left the club paying up the remainder of his contract in July 2000.

Speaking to the Reading Evening Post, Sarr said;

“I was not happy with what the chairman said about me. He said I was a waste of space and that is upsetting and not fair. He has tarnished my reputation. I think he said it because I was on more money than some of the other players.

“I wasn’t treated fairly. When I was rehabilitating there were problems behind the scenes. The chairman obviously doesn’t know what goes on at his own club but he should find out because things may come out one day.

“I have so much respect for the fans because they liked me and gave me plenty of support. But the club were never fair with me. I had a knee injury and problems with my cartilage but I still had to play for my country (Liberia). If I hadn’t gone they (Liberia) said they wouldn’t have let me play for Reading.

“I was in a very difficult situation, but Reading were not fair with my rehabilitation as they wanted me to stay later than everyone else for treatment.

“I know I could have helped the club be successful as we had a good side, but there were so many problems behind the scenes.”

Sarr will probably be remembered by the majority of Reading fans as the player who produced the wonder performance in the Madejski Stadium's 1st ever match against Luton Town back on the 22nd August 1998. Sarr was unlucky not to get on the score sheet that day, but it never really got going for him while in Berkshire.

At the moment, Sarr has retired from football and is currently living in America where he is coaching kids in Philadelphia.

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