If OM are under high tension before tackling the Classic against PSG this Sunday evening at the Stade Vélodrome, the Olympian club has already faced difficult passages in its rich history. Between crises, conflicts, clashes and angry outbursts, Marseille training is rich in spicy anecdotes. This Sunday, a few hours from a Classic which promises to be hot, the former Marseillais Benoît Cheyrou returned to a heated altercation between his ex-Marseille coach Eric Gerets and his midfield partner Karim Ziani.
We are on March 19, 2008 in Nantes. That day, OM was humiliated by Carquefou fans (National3, ex-CFA2) in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France (1-0 defeat). But before taking the door, the walls of the Beaujoire cloakroom shook. And very strong.
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“Karim, sit down!”
“We are led 1-0 and, at half-time, Gerets leaves Jacques Faty and Karim, who went crazy: ‘Do you ever respect the players?’, Says Cheyrou in the columns of L’Equipe. Eric , with his calm, his accent and his charisma, replies: ‘Karim, sit down!’ Karim approaches, speaks badly to him and Gerets repeats to him a little louder: ‘Karim, sit down!’ Obviously, he doesn’t sit down, Gerets grabs him by the shirt, lifts him up a bit and pushes him on the bench! Like a child, he sat him down. We had to separate them. “
Arrived during the season, the Belgian coach had hoisted OM to 3rd place in the standings and therefore in the Champions League at the end of this 2007-2008 season.