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Former Olympique de marseille president dies of coronavirus

The former Marseille president Pape Diouf has died. On Tuesday the French club revealed the 68-year-old has been suffering from coronavirus.

Diouf was being treated in a hospital in Senegal, his country of birth, after contracting the virus.

A statement on Marseille’s Twitter account read: “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.”

Diouf became the first black president of a first-tier European club when he took the position at Marseille in 2005. Previously he had been a journalist and football agent, with Marcel Desailly, Basile Boli, William Gallas, Samir Nasri and Didier Drogba among his clients.

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