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Marseille's majority shareholder Robert Louis-Dreyfus dies at 63

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Latest update : 2009-07-05

Marseille's majority shareholder Robert Louis-Dreyfus has died, aged 63, after a battle with leukemia, club sources say. The Swiss-born businessman took over Marseille in 1997 and under his control the team reached two UEFA Cup finals.

AFP - Marseille's majority shareholder Robert Louis-Dreyfus died after a long battle with leukemia on Saturday at the age of 63, according to club sources.

The Swiss-born millonaire businessman took over Marseille in 1997 and under his control the French south coast giants reached two UEFA Cup finals.

Louis-Dreyfus, who invested 200 million euros into the club, was also handed a 10 month suspended prison sentence and fined 200,000 euros for his role in suspect player transfers in the 1990s.

Jean-Claude Dassier, Marseille's new president, refused to confirm or deny the news, telling AFP: "Neither the family nor the friends of Robert louis-Dreyfus have confirmed this information to me. I don't have anything to say before the family (speaks)."

Date created : 2009-07-05

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