After Pablo Longoria in La Provence and Frank McCourt through a press release from the club, it was the turn of the Marseille Ultras to express themselves. In a statement co-signed by several OM supporters' organizations, except CU84, they affirm "that no death threat or threat of violence has been made against the leaders, their families or anyone", reserving the right to sue for defamation those who report this kind of facts. It remains to be seen what are the reproaches that the supporters make against the leaders. Criticisms that do not even concern the "deplorable game" of the team since the beginning of the season and the strategic choices described as "questionable" of the management, according to their words, but rather the training center.
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There is talk of "damning testimonies" of parents of children who play it, "questionable methods of supervision" or "degrading punitive sanctions inflicted (within) the women's section". Concretely, the following points would have been discussed during the famous meeting on Monday, according to the supporters: "The reason for the breach of contracts of 36 players of the training center, all of Marseille origin, and this since June 2023, the oppressive influence that would be exercised by some agents with young pro contracts, the silence maintained on the reasons that led the management of OM to dismiss historical professional players, the dissatisfaction of the fans with the increase in the price of the subscription justified only by a probable qualification in the Champions League, the recurrent presence of certain companies in many transfers within the club, the countless changes of coach necessarily causing the instability of the team.
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We must no longer confuse intimidation with defending the interests of our players and our colours.
Press release from OM supporters' associations
And the statement of the Fanatics, the MTP, the South Winners, the Friends of OM, the Dodgers and the Handi club of OM to conclude: "We must no longer confuse intimidation and defense of the interests of our players and our colors. Our cry of alarm in the face of the worrying excesses denounced by the players of the training center and their families can not serve as a pretext for the possible resignation of the management team which does not seem to want to face its responsibilities ". Recall that Marcelino has already packed up, on the eve of the Europa League match against Ajax, this Thursday, in Amsterdam. Jacques Abardonado will be on the bench. President Longoria denounced "threats" and called for "profound change", he who retains the "firm support" of the owner McCourt.