Olympique Marseille Fans Send Club President Death Threats As Coach Marcelino Quits After 7 Games

Olympique Marseille Fans Send Club President Death Threats As Coach Marcelino Quits After 7 Games

Ero Samson
September 20, 2023 at 9:32 PM
  • Olympique Marseille's early season surge for the Ligue 1 title has been dealt a blow
  • Club coach, Marcelino Garcia recently quit his role as coach of the club
  • Marseille president, Pablo Longoria looks set to follow Marcelino through the exit door

Ligue 1 powerhouse Olympique Marseille could see their early title charge crumble even before it gets into full swing.

The French club, who currently sits fourth on the standings - two points behind leaders AS Monaco - have been hit by a double blow only few would have predicted before the club's scoreless draw against Toulouse.

Ligue 1, Olympique Marseille,  Marcelino Garcia, Pablo Longoria, Marseille
Olympique Marseille fans have sent club president Pablo Longoria death threats following the Ligue 1 club unimpressive start to the season. Image: Philippe Lecouer
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According to reports from Reuters, fans of Marseille were displeased with the consecutive draws the club recorded in the league and wasted little time in airing their displeasure.

Marseille fans issue death threats to president

The draw against Toulouse, which was met with rapturous boos at the Velodrome, resulted in Marseille president Pablo Longoria holding a highly tense meeting with the club's ultras on Monday.

According to reports from Eurosport Espana, the meeting reportedly got heated between the parties involved. President Longoria was subsequently at the receiving end of death threats from the fans, which could see the president resigning from his role.

This resignation comes in the wake of L'Equipe's report that club coach Marcelino Garcia had reportedly held a meeting with his players in which he stated his desire to quit the club after just seven games in charge.

The former Villarreal manager, who was appointed by the 37-year-old Longaria in June, oversaw three wins, three defeats, and a draw.

According to reports from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, former French defender Pancho Abardnonado will take over the reins on an interim basis.

Marseille sign Aubameyang from Chelsea

In a previous report, Sports Brief stated that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed to join French Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille, departing from Chelsea.

After a challenging period with the Blues, Aubameyang is set to sign a three-year contract with the former European champions, where he will reunite with former Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

The transfer between Chelsea and Marseille is reported to be fee-free, as the Premier League club has allowed the striker to leave without a transfer fee.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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