French businessman and former Olympique de Marseille chairman Tapie has died

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PARIS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Bernard Tapie, a French businessman and former Olympique de Marseille (OM) president who led the soccer membership to the Champions League title in 1993, died on Sunday aged 78.

Tapie’s household, French politicians and the OM soccer membership introduced the demise.

“Olympique de Marseille learned with deep sadness of the passing of Bernard Tapie. He will leave a great void in the hearts of the Marseillais and will forever remain in the legend of the club,” OM mentioned in a press release.

Prime Minister Jean Castex had earlier paid tribute to Tapie, a authorities minister within the Nineteen Nineties, describing him as a “fighter”.

Tapie, whose enterprise pursuits additionally included a stake in sportswear firm Adidas, had been affected by abdomen most cancers for a number of years.

A charismatic president of Marseille from 1986 to 1994, he was on the helm when OM beat AC Milan 1-0 within the closing of the Champions League. He was later despatched to jail for corruption in a match-fixing scandal within the French first division.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Gilles Guillaume
Editing by Frances Kerry

French businessman Bernard Tapie arrives to attend the inauguration of the Altice Campus in Paris in Paris, France, October 9, 2018.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo