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Football: Police release Olympique de Marseille executives

Marseille president Vincent Labrune (left) along with his two predecessors Pape Diouf (centre) and Jean-Claude Dassier
Marseille president Vincent Labrune (left) along with his two predecessors Pape Diouf (centre) and Jean-Claude Dassier

(AA) – Police have released the top management of French championship Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille after interrogation about alleged illegal funding activities.  

Current chairman Vincent Labrune and director general Philippe Perez and the club’s former chairs Pape Diouf and Jean-Claude Dassier have been all been released on Thursday.

 Labrune and Perez, who were detained on allegations of illegal management of transfer funds since Tuesday, were released after their interrogations.

In addition to Labrune and Perez, former OM chairmen Pape Diouf and Jean-Claude Dassier have been released as well.

The French police have taken many people’s testimony, including club chairs, managers and lawyers. Under scrutiny are issues arising from French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac’s transfer from Toulouse.

French media reports allege that the executives in question got a commission from Gignac’s transfer fee. 

Olympique de Marseille target man Gignac was purchased for €16 million ($20 million) in August of 2010.

Dassier was the chairman of the club in 2010 and Labrune was in charge of finance at that time.

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