THE SPORT SCAN – During a debate on the biggest French club, Grégory Schneider, journalist for Liberation, pointed out the corruption reigning at Olympique de Marseille under the Tapie presidency.
Invited Thursday evening of the show L’Équipe du soir on The L’Équipe channel to comment on the name of the biggest club in France, Grégory Schneider caused a storm on social networks. The daily journalist Release considered that Olympique de Marseille could not claim to be appointed given the corruption cases that shook the club during Bernard Tapie’s tenure as president. I can’t admit to put the label “biggest French club”for a club that did this to football, that poisoned opponents, that corrupted referees, opponents, that bought the Champions League. I can’t admit it“Explained the journalist then taken over by the host, stressing that no case had marred the victory in the C1 final against AC Milan in 1993.
“I don’t care, I say! Do you need proof? You just have to read the book by Eydelie (former OM player convicted in the VA-OM corruption case, editor’s note), it has not been disputed. Ask Emmanuel Petit what he thinks about it, Arsène Wenger what he thinks about it… I know I’m upsetting the mood but until the end I’ll think that. I’m not going to say they bought it but in my eyes it has no value because it was that period“maintained the journalist before reminding the guests around the table:”No one is fooled here.»
OM communications director outraged
These remarks caused supporters of the Marseille club to jump on social networks, some asking Marseille leaders to sue the journalist for defamation, others demanding a boycott of L’Équipe by inundating Grégory Schneider with insults. Friday morning, OM did not react officially to the reporter’s intervention, but Jacques Cardoze, the club’s communications director, found the words insulting on his Twitter account. “Dear Grégoy Schneider, your remarks made this evening on the L’Équipe channel are insulting to OM. When a journalist has no proof, he puts forward the argument of inner conviction and lets hatred and jealousy spread…Your venom is so visible. Moreover, I do not see what this debate brings in the current context of our club? if not to want to harm us again (or create buzz) OM, the biggest club in France. Sorry.»
President of the regional council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Renaud Muselier, former vice-president of OM between 1995 and 1997, also stepped up to defend the club of which he is a supporter. “In this video, the comments made by Grégory Schneider are insulting and unworthy. All this oozes contempt, hatred and the instinct of slander against the biggest club in France and its history #TeamOMNo offense… forever the first“Explained the chosen one, referring to the one and only Champions League won by a French club to date.
“Say, @RenaudMuselier, take a look at the minutes of Bernès and Barin’s auditions or Eydelie’s book. You’ll see: it’s great Football is one of the most beautiful things in the world, the last thing to bring people together: what these guys did to him...,” retorted the reporter on Friday morning.
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