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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-18

Pape Diouf became the latest victim of a power struggle at the popular Olympique Marseille and is to leave the popular French club. The main shareholder, Robert Louis-Dreyfus, confirmed Diouf's departure on Wednesday.

AFP - Marseille president Pape Diouf has dramatically departed the club after talks with the French league giants' main shareholder Robert Louis-Dreyfus, Louis-Dreyfus confirmed Wednesday.
  
Former players' agent and sports journalist Diouf had been running the club, which finished second in the league last season, since 2005.
  
The billionaire owner had summoned Diouf to his home in Switzerland for discussions following a very public row about how Marseille should be run.
  
Louis-Dreyfus poured plaudits on Diouf and "everything he has done for Marseille" in his three-year spell at the club, during which Marseille failed to win a trophy.
  
He added: "Unfortunately there are now certain differences which mean our collaboration has to come to an end. We now have fresh challenges ahead.
  
"Didier Deschamps, the new coach, will carry them out at the sporting level. A new president will be named in the coming days."
  
The statemet did not reveal whether Diouf, who had the support of key coaches at the club, was pushed or quit because he would have had to work under new conditions.
  
Marseille finished second in the French league last month, their best finish in years, missing out on the chance to claim a first league trophy since 1992.

Date created : 2009-06-18

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