Bernard Tapie, former Olympic Marseille president has revealed he used ‘mafia’ tactics to capture Abedi Ayew Pele from the sniff of AS Monaco in 1987.
The president said that he used a medical plot to help secure the former Black Stars signature as he indicated that the player was suffering from HIV/AIDS to enable him sign the Ghanaian international.
The former president, speaking to Le Monde revealed how his underhand dealings went into the signing of Abedi Pele as he was one of the prodigies at that time. He said;
“Generally, you will have blood test as it is done with African players, so when you go to for the medical, say you will not conduct it. Just refuse and say that you do not support the idea of your blood sample being taken”, he revealed telling Abedi Pele.
“At the same time, I connived with an Olympic Marseille employee who knew the circle of leaders of the AS Monaco and we made a false revelation that we ‘refused to sign him’, we did not take Abedi Pele because he is HIV positive, Tapei added.
This led to AS Monaco declining to sign the Ghanaian international due to basis on health grounds and just a day after, Tapei signed the player for Marseilles.
Olympic Marseille became the first European club to win the UEFA Champions League when it came into this current format in 1993.
Bernard Tapei revealed also in an autobiography that the road that led to the success chalked in 1993 saying he once poured Valium in the glass of his coach Raymond Goethals at the time to enable him allow the singles’ players of the club to flirt with their companions a night before their games because he was troublesome and was not supporting that idea.
The Valium is a substance that makes one cool even when quick tempered and is able to agree to whatever is being said.