Marseille face Bordeaux amid off-field chaos

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Marseille will try to maintain their grip on top spot in Ligue 1 versus Bordeaux amid controversy surrounding president Vincent Labrune.
Labrune was among four people arrested on Thursday as part of an investigation into Andre-Pierre Gignac’s transfer to the club in 2010, with judicial officials said to be attempting to establish whether members of Marseille’s hierarchy received illicit commissions at the time of the striker’s switch from Toulouse.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men could be forgiven for being distracted by the off-field issues enveloping the club, however, Marseille and Gignac – who has 10 Ligue 1 goals this season – cannot afford a slip up versus a Bordeaux side that sits just four points behind them in fourth position.
The Provencal outfit could have dropped off the top by the time they take to the pitch at the Stade Velodrome tomorrow, with second-placed defending champions Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon in third both having the chance to leapfrog Marseille with their games taking place earlier in the weekend.
PSG kicked off the French top flight’s return from the international break with a trip to the Stade Saint-Symphorien on Friday to take on a Metz team that has surprised many with their strong form upon promotion to Ligue 1 following a six-year absence.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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