Pape Diouf: Former Marseille president dies after contracting coronavirus

Ruben Hill
April 1, 2020

Former president of French football club Olympique de Marseille, Pape Diouf, has died after contracting coronavirus - the first death in Senegal from the pandemic.

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

'Pape will remain forever in the hearts of Marseille as one of the great craftsmen of the history of the club. It is unclear where he died, with Le Parisien claiming that he had already reached Nice before passing, whilst L'Équipe claim he passed away in Dakar.

Diouf, who was born in Chad but had French and Senegalese citizenship, led the club between 2005-2009 and helped build the side who lifted the Ligue 1 title in 2010.

The Get French Football News family sends its thoughts and prayers to his family and love ones during this hard time.

Diouf's death follows the demise of former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, who succumbed to the coronavirus in Spain earlier this month.

"Pape Diouf will be remembered as a charismatic, endearing and passionate leader", added a statement from the French league's organising body, the LFP.

Former France striker Djibril Cisse played for OM when Diouf was in charge, with the president going through with his signing from Liverpool despite a Cisse breaking his leg while playing for France.

"Absolutely heartbroken. Rest in Peace Pape Diouf - My uncle, father, grandfather & godfather". "My sadness is great today".

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