Marseille club chief questioned on irregular signings

Paris, Dec 16 (IANS) French football club Olympique de Marseille president Vincent Labrune was questioned on Wednesday by a city judge investigating a series of 18 signings suspected of irregularities.

Labrune, president of Marseille since 2011, was questioned as part of the same investigation that led to the accusations of corruption of his predecessor, Jean-Claude Dassier and the former general manager of the club, Antoine Veyrat, reports Efe.

TV channel iTele recalled that Labrune had to appear before court in 2014 in the same case.

The French judiciary is investigating the transfers of several players including Azpilicueta, Morientes, Lucho Gonzalez, Heinze, Mbia, Diawara, Abriel, Niang, Rool, Kabore, Remy, Gignac, Cheyrou and Ben Arfa.

Investigations revealed that Marseille may have suffered damages of 55 million euros ($60 million) from irregularities that marred these transfers, which could have been spent on commissions.

The judicial investigation began in July 2011, and in January 2013 the club’s offices were searched and several documents were confiscated.

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