The mayor of Marseille Benoît Payan announces that a forecourt of the Stade Vélodrome will bear the name of Bernard Tapie

Bernard Tapie honored in Marseille. The former emblematic president of OM will have his name near the Vélodrome stadium. The mayor of the city Benoît Payan announced that he would rename an esplanade leading to the stadium after the name of the now deceased former businessman.

The mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan, announced Thursday in an interview with the daily La Provence that one of the esplanades leading to the Stade Vélodrome would now bear the name of Bernard Tapie, former businessman, politician and president of OM , died in 2021. “The large esplanade which leads to the Vélodrome stadium, on the Jean-Bouin side (boulevard Michelet) will bear the name of Bernard Tapie. We mark in marble his name, his passage, his contribution to the history of this club “, explained the mayor various left of the city.

Questioned by AFP, the municipality indicated that the inauguration of this Bernard Tapie esplanade would take place “later”. The announcement comes on the eve of the 30th anniversary of OM’s victory in the Champions League on May 26, 1993. Bernard Tapie was then the owner and president of OM, and this feat has remained unique in the world to this day. the history of French football. A few months later, OM had however been demoted to the second division as a result of the VA-OM affair, the corruption scandal which precipitated the fall of Tapie, then imprisoned.

“Our homework”

In the interview granted to La Provence, Benoît Payan explains about this decision that it was “our duty and our responsibility to do so”. “It is not a question here of talking about the politician or businessman, who was complex and out of the ordinary. I retain the image of the sports leader”, he said. “The fans nicknamed him ‘the Boss’ because he took OM to the top of Europe. Today, it’s in our history,” he added.

Marseille will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its C1 victory on Friday with a celebration at the Hôtel de Ville and a replay of the 1993 final on a giant screen. At 11:00 p.m., the supporters also planned a massive lighting of smoke bombs over more than 20 kilometers all along the Marseille coast. The kickoff of this “cracking” will take place at Notre-Dame de la Garde.

Source: Europe1

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