Marseille - The former president of French giants Marseille
has been charged with various offences as part of an investigation into murky
transfer dealings involving the Ligue 1 side, judicial sources said Thursday.
Jean-Claude Dassier, 74, a former journalist who was
president of Marseille between 2009 and 2011, has been charged with misuse of
company assets, being part of a criminal association and forgery, according to
the source, after a hearing at a court in the southern French city on
The investigation related to the transfers of 14 players,
including Andre-Pierre Gignac and Hatem Ben Arfa as well as Cesar Azpilicueta
and Loic Remy, who both now play for Premier League champions Chelsea.
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On Sunday, the newspaper Journal du Dimanche reported that
Dassier faced a hearing after the investigation revealed that Marseille might
have lost 55.3 million euros ($62.6m; 40.4m) in these transfers. Prosecutors
suspect that "illicit payments" were made, according to the
An investigation into "extortion, money laundering and
criminal association" was first opened in July 2011, with investigators
suspecting unwarranted payments of commissions were made following major
That investigation led to club offices being raided in
January 2013 and current OM president Vincent Labrune being arrested and
briefly held in custody in November 2014, along with Dassier and another former
president, Pape Diouf. They were all later released without charge.For
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