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In the wake of the crash this morning that saw two Marseille supporters lose their lives, Pape Diouf, the president of Olympique Marseille, has demanded that the match be played at a later date.

Earlier today José Anigo spoke of the “great shock†that Marseille were currently feeling after a supporters bus carrying 47 passengers crashed just outside Fontainebleau, killing two of its occupants and seriously injuring another four.

Echoing the feelings of his sporting director, Pape Diouf has demanded that the match be postponed. Marseille's official website released a statement a short time ago stating that, “Pape Diouf informed Frederic Thiriez, president of the LFP, of his wish to defer the match between Le Havre and Olympique Marseille, originally scheduled to be played at 7pm this evening.â€

The statement continued, outlining the steps Marseille have taken in the hours after the accident. “Olympique Marseille urgently sent in a delegation led by Herve Chalchitis, who is in charge of the supporters,†the statement continues, “This delegation, which has just arrived at Melun, is currently at the hospital with the casualties and the remainder of the supporters. It will also deal with the repatriation of all the supporters and their personal effects.

“The identity of all these people will be communicated as soon as possible to the media by OM. Concerning the identity of the supporters who died and the four who have been seriously injured and transferred onto Paris, the club is on standby for communication from the Public prosecutor.â€

It is not just a football club that this tragedy has affected - the whole city is in a state of shock. Marseille's mayor, Jean-Claude Gaudin, told radio station RTL of his “consternation†and “immense sorrowâ over the affair.
 
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