Pape Diouf: Ex-Marseille President Dies After Contracting Coronavirus

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Former Marseille president Pape Diouf died Tuesday after contracting the coronavirus, the club announced. The 68-year-old was admitted to hospital over the weekend in his native Senegal.

The Senegalese was president between 2005 and 2009 when Marseille finished second in Ligue 1 twice and reached two French Cup finals.

Marseille sent out a message to wish Diouf well in his battle against COVID-19 just hours before the confirmation of his death.

“It is with great sadness that Olympique de Marseille learned of the death of Pape Diouf,” the club said on Twitter. “Pape will remain in the hearts of the Marseillais forever, as one of the great architects in the club’s history. We send our sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) said: “Journalist, agent, president of Olympique de Marseille, Pape Diouf dedicated his whole life in service of football.

“A member of the LFP administrative council from September 2007 to June 2009, Pape Diouf will be remembered as a charismatic and passionate director.”

Diouf became the first black president of a first-tier European football club when he assumed the position at Marseille in 2005. He remained at the helm of the Ligue 1 side until 2009.

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