April 17, 2024

Longoria, under pressure?

What’s happening in Marseille? On September 18, the Marseille stadium went up in flames after a turbulent meeting between management and supporters’ associations. This episode precipitated the departures of coach Marcelino and director of soccer Javier Ribalta. At the time, Ribalta was singled out for having mado it the other way around.

A month and a half later, the tensio…

What’s happening in Marseille? On September 18, the Marseille stadium went up in flames after a turbulent meeting between management and supporters’ associations. This episode precipitated the departures of coach Marcelino and director of soccer Javier Ribalta. At the time, Ribalta was singled out for having mado it the other way around.

A month and a half later, the tension has subsided. Rachid Zeroual himself has renewed dialogue with Pablo Longoria. He explained to me his point of view, that he felt uncomfortable when the tone of a meeting escalated to such an extent. I told him again that this was Marseille, and that fans were like that, capable of raising their voices, confided the Winners’ manager. During our meeting, I especially asked him to deny that I had threatened him with death. When you bring parents to a meeting and you defend a team, you’ve got to be very careful.othwise. Above all, I insisted that he set the record straight and make it clear that there had been no death threats on our part. The last I heard, he wanted to do it, but with the incidents against Lyon, it wasn’t possible….

Incidents that this key figure in the Vélodrome stands firmly condemns. There’s an investigation underway and that’s logical. It’s a good thing this kind of thing only happens rarely, because we’re trying to make people believe that in Marseille, we welcome opposing clubs like this all the time. I can’t stand what