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Former Marseille president Pape Diouf dies at 68 from coronavirus

Former Marseille president Pape Diouf who was born in Chad but had French and Senegalese citizenship has died after contracting Coronavirus. He was 68.

Pape Diouf was hospitalised in Senegal after contracting the virus there and became the country’s first COVID-19 fatality.

Diouf, who became the first black president of a first-tier European club when he took the position at Marseille in 2005 had been a journalist and football agent with Marcel Desailly, Basile Boli, William Gallas, Samir Nasri and Didier Drogba among many other clients.

Confirming his death, the French club wrote on Twitter: “Olympique de Marseille learned with great sadness of the death of Pape Diouf. Pape will remain forever in the hearts of Marseillais as one of the great craftsmen of the history of the club. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.”

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