• 28/11/2023

First French Club to Lift Europe’s Top Club Trophy Now Under Investigation for Faul Play

First French Club to Lift Europe’s Top Club Trophy Now Under Investigation for Faul Play

Former Marseille midfielder Jean-Jacques Eydelie told French sports daily L’Equipe that the whole Marseille team, except striker Rudi Voeller, received an “injection” before the 1-0 win over AC Milan. According to him the Marseille players were asked to stand in a line to receive an injection before the match.

He also said doping and match-fixing was commonplace during his time at Marseille. He was also involved in the match-fixing scandal in which Marseille was stripped of its 1993 league title for bribing opponents before a match. Eydelie said he was ordered to give money to the wife of former Valenciennes player Christophe Robert to convince him to lose the match in 1993 against visitors Marseille.

According to Bernard Tapie, former president for Marseille soccer club, Eydelie tried 18 months ago to bribe teammates for money threatening to take reprisals if they said no, so he says this could all be seen as a set up. He also denied the allegations and said he plans to take legal actions against Eydelie but the European soccer’s governing body would have to investigate the allegations first. If these allegations were proven to be correct the UEFA would.

Marseille beat Milan 1-0 to become the first French club to lift Europe’s top club trophy. . The team included goalkeeper Fabien Barthez and captain Didier Deschamps – both of whom won the World Cup with France in 1998.
On the other hand Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger described former Olympique Marseille chairman Bernard Tapie as a bad influence for French soccer.

Wenger said it did not surprise him, he also said it was the worst period that French football has been through. He assured it was “gangrenous from the inside because of the influence and the methods” of Tapie at Marseille
Marseille won 1-0 and clinched their fifth consecutive title. They were stripped of the championship the following year and demoted to the second division after the scandal erupted. They were also banned from defending their European title.