While he is currently living troubled hours, with the departure of his coach Marcelino, Olympique de Marseille learned again bad news on Friday. The club was officially ordered to pay 3.2 million euros to José Anigo, who challenged his dismissal for serious misconduct when he was sporting director in 2016. While OM had appealed, the decision was confirmed by the Court of Appeal of Aix-en-Provence.
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Seven years ago, Anigo was immediately dismissed after his indictment for complicity and concealment of misuse of company property by an organized gang. Cleared in this case, he had sued his former employer for wrongful termination. The former player (from 1979 to 1987) then coach (in 2001, 2004 and between 2013 and 2014) Phocaean claimed a sum equivalent to the remuneration that would have been due to him until the end of his contract, which extended until 2020.
Meanwhile, Anigo had bounced back to Nottingham Forest, where he was head of international recruitment between 2019 and 2020, and then to Olympiakos, where he has been sporting director since 2022. At the end of last season, he even served as interim coach for a time.