Marc Fratani, who worked with Bernard Tapie during the latter’s time as President of Marseille, has spoken about a possible scandal in French football. He recounts a story that took place over 25 years ago.
In his conversation with ‘Le Monde‘, Fratani confirmed that he had participated in events that Tapie himself had denied, with the latter saying it would not be right to “open containers that have been closed for 30 years“. His former colleague, however, does not hold such reservations.
“We once participated in the buying of a referee. It was in a match against Paris Saint-Germain, over at their stadium in Paris. I was with the referee in a discreet place where we had agreed to meet. In that match, we also destabilized the opponents through the use of the psychotropic drug ‘Haldol‘,” Fratani recalled.
Using syringes with ultra-fine needles, the product was measured into plastic bottles. Everything that the opposition team would consume was affected,” added the former member of the Marseille directors board.
This has received a negative response from Tapie, with the ex-President saying in ‘La Parisien‘ that “there are idiots who will want to believe all that because it pleases them.”
“But there are people out there who have a conscience. So, if Fratani bought a referee, he must give the name and say when, how and to whom he gave the money,” he continued. “What I do know is that he is very disappointed that he doesn’t have La Provence [a region in France] and his old friends bowing down to him. I don’t have anything else to say. It doesn’t mean anything and nothing will happen.”
And all of this came in the build-up to Marseille’s 2-0 victory over Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1, a result which saw them rise up to 4th in the table.