Pape Diouf, the previous Marseille president, has tragically handed away after contracting coronavirus. The 68-year-old was being handled in hospital in Senegal.
Diouf made historical past by turning into the primary black president of a top-tier European soccer membership when he took cost of Marseille in 2005.
A press release from the French membership learn: “Olympique de Marseille realized with nice disappointment of the demise of Pape Diouf.
“Pape will stay endlessly within the hearts of Marseillais as one of many nice craftsmen of the historical past of the membership.
“Our condolences to his household and family members.”
Marseille’s former Newcastle ace Florian Thauvin paid tribute to Diouf, writing on Twitter: “Very unhappy to study of the demise of Pape Diouf… he’ll depart a novel reminiscence in Marseille. Ideas moved for his household and family members.”
Diouf arrived within the metropolis of Marseille on the age of 18 and ended up taking over a profession in soccer journalism.
He progressed into soccer company earlier than getting the highest job at Marseille, one of many greatest golf equipment in France. He was changed by Jean-Claude Dassier in 2009.
French soccer authorities paid tribute to Diouf after his demise was introduced.
A press release from the LFP learn: “The Ligue de Soccer Professionnel has realized this night with nice disappointment of the demise of Pape Diouf on the age of 68.
“Journalist, agent, president of Olympique de Marseille from 2005 to 2009, Pape Diouf devoted his complete life in service of soccer.
“A member of the LFP administrative council from September 2007 to June 2009, Pape Diouf might be remembered as a charismatic and passionate director.
“On this second of immense disappointment for French soccer, the LFP presents its condolences to his household and people near him, and to Olympique de Marseille.”