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Benjamin Mendy and Samir Nasri send statements of support to former Marseille President Pape Diouf

Benjamin Mendy and Samir Nasri pay tribute to former Marseille President Pape Diouf after losing battle with corona virus at Senegal hospital

  • Former Marseille President Pape Diouf suffers from the corona virus in Senegal
  • Samir Nasri and Benjamin Mendy both posted their memories of Diouf on Twitter
  • Mendy spoke of a ‘big loss to French football and the African continent’
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Benjamin Mendy and Samir Nasri both paid tribute to former Marseille president Pape Diouf, who died of the corona virus on Tuesday.

Diouf died at the age of 68 in a hospital in Senegal after a brief battle with the virus.

Mendy and Nasri knew him from their time in Marseille and shared their condolences on social media.

Former Marseille President Pape Diouf passed away after suffering from the corona virus

Former Marseille President Pape Diouf passed away after suffering from the corona virus

Diouf was president of the Ligue 1 club for four years between 2005 and 2009

Diouf was president of the Ligue 1 club for four years between 2005 and 2009

Diouf was president of the Ligue 1 club for four years between 2005 and 2009

“Much grief at hearing of Pape Diouf’s death,” Mendy wrote Twitter.

“A great president, but above all a huge man, who has always dignified OM and his values. A big loss for French football and the African continent. Rest in peace.’

Nasri spoke early about the impact Diouf had on his career before moving to Arsenal in 2008.

He wrote, “Few people in the football world have touched me or we have had an impact like you have had in my life or my career, you have always been a mentor, you have been my first agent.

“You were my president and it is with a heavy heart that I have to say goodbye that you left too early, I will never forget you Pape Diouf.”

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