Ex-Marseille boss Pape Diouf dies after being infected with coronavirus


Pape Diouf (Photo credit: Reuters)

Pape Diouf (Photo credit: Reuters)

Pape Diouf, a former president of Olympique de Marseille, died of a corona virus at the age of 68.

  • Reuters
  • Last update: April 1, 2020, 12:34 pm IST

The former Olympique de Marseille president, Pape Diouf, died at the age of 68 after becoming infected with the corona virus, the Ligue 1 club said on Tuesday.

“Olympique de Marseille was saddened to learn of Pape Diouf’s death,” the club said on its official Twitter account.

“Pape will remain in the heart of the Marseillais forever, as one of the great architects in the club’s history. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. “

Marseille said Tuesday earlier that Diouf, a Senegalese citizen who moved to Marseille as a teenager, had contracted the virus. He was treated in the Senegalese capital Dakar, where he died.

As a former journalist and players’ agent, Diouf was President of Marseille from 2005 to 2009, when they finished second in Ligue 1 twice, reaching two French cup finals and losing both.

They were crowned league champions a year after his departure.

“Pape Diouf will be remembered as a charismatic, lovable and passionate leader,” added a statement from the French League organizing body, the LFP.

“The LFP expresses its condolences to his family, his loved ones and Olympique de Marseille at this moment of immense sadness for French football.”