McCourt clos­ing in on buy­ing French soc­cer club Mar­seille

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Mar­seille em­ploy­ees have ap­proved an of­fer from Amer­i­can busi­ness­man Frank McCourt to buy the French club from Rus­sian bil­lion­aire Margarita Louis-Drey­fus.

Mar­seille work­ers' com­mit­tee said in a state­ment yes­ter­day it had ap­proved McCourt's project 'unan­i­mously,' paving the way for the com­ple­tion of the sale by the end of the year.

McCourt, the 63-year-old former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has pledged to build a team that will be able to chal­lenge Paris Saint-Ger­main.

Mar­seille, the only French team to win the Champions League back in 1993, has won the French ti­tle nine times but has fallen be­hind since PSG was taken over by Qatari in­vestors five years ago.

Louis-Drey­fus took over Mar­seille in 2009, suc­ceed­ing her hus­band Robert Louis-Drey­fus after he died from leukemia.

On the pitch this season, the club have strug­gled, win­ning just one of their open­ing five matches. They sit 15th, five points be­hind PSG.

Frank McCourt

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