Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Former Marseille President Pape Diouf Dies After Contracting COVID-19

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Former Marseille President and big-time football agent Pape Diouf dies after contracting the deadly novel Coronavirus {COVID-19}, he died at the age of 68. Pape Diouf

Diouf who made history after becoming the first black man president of a first-tier Ligue 1 European club in 2005, he died at a hospital in his home country of Senegal.

Confirming his death, his former club took to there Twitter handle and wrote: “Olympique de Marseille learned with great sadness of the death of Pape Diouf. Pape will remain forever in the hearts of Marseillais as one of the great craftsmen of the history of the club. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.”

A statement at lfp.fr read: “The Ligue de Football Professionnel has learned this evening with great sadness of the death of Pape Diouf at the age of 68. Journalist, agent, president of Olympique de Marseille from 2005 to 2009, Pape Diouf dedicated his whole life in service of football.

“A member of the LFP administrative council from September 2007 to June 2009, Pape Diouf will be remembered as a charismatic and passionate director.

“In this moment of immense sadness for French football, the LFP offers its condolences to his family and those close to him, and to Olympique de Marseille.”

Tributes have poured in a show of support and condolences of both old and new players, Pape Diouf was a Journalist and football agent with Marcel Desailly, Basile Boli, William Gallas, Samir Nasri and Didier Drogba, Kylian Mbappe among many other clients. Photo Credit: Getty

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