Ligue 1 leader Marseille is still in shock after fifteen current and past officials at the club, including president Vincent Labrune, were taken into custody on Tuesday as part of a transfer fraud investigation. According to AFP, the officials are being investigated on suspicions of fraud, extortion, money-laundering and collusion with gangs with respect to some high profile transfers involving the club.
Police sources tell AFP that senior gang officials received commissions from the sale of Pierre-Andre Gignac from Toulouse in 2010 and Senegal international Souleymane Diawara from Bordeaux in 2009. Documents on the Gignac deal were among papers seized in raids on Marseille's headquarters in recent weeks. No players have been implicated.
In a statement, the club said the investigation was focused on past management teams and that it was merely helping with the inquiry. Meanwhile, Marseille is enjoying its most successful season since it last won the title in 2009-2010.