Marseille passes the hat to get home

[OFF THE POST] Players and staff of French club Marseille had to pass the hat and pool their money to pay for the fuel their charter plane needed to get them home from Madrid after their 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

A clerical error meant fuel for the Aigle Azur flight was not supplied, and when Exxon would not accept the pilot's credit card to pay the bill of 3,000 euros ($4,200), OM players and staff came up with the money themselves.

"I wanted to buy two cigars," said Marseille coach Eric Gerets, "but I gave 100 euros which meant I was not able to smoke today. I felt as though I was in a film, a bad one. Had we won, I would not have cared, but as we lost it was a little more difficult to take."

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