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Nice cede ground in title race, Marseille up to fifth

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Paris (AFP) – Mario Balotelli helped Nice salvage a 2-2 draw against modest Caen on Friday in a result that could prove costly to the south coast side’s Ligue 1 title dream.

Balotelli’s strike deep in the second half followed minutes later by Anastasios Donis’ leveller pushed Nice into provisional second.

Nice cede ground in title race, Marseille up to fifth

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Paris (AFP) – Mario Balotelli helped Nice salvage a 2-2 draw against modest Caen on Friday in a result that could prove costly to the south coast side’s Ligue 1 title dream.

Balotelli’s strike deep in the second half followed minutes later by Anastasios Donis’ leveller pushed Nice into provisional second.

Payet on target as Marseille hammer Lorient

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Paris (AFP) – Dimitri Payet struck as Marseille recovered from last week’s heavy defeat by arch rivals Paris Saint-Germain by thrashing bottom side Lorient 4-1 in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Centre-back Rolando headed Marseille into a sixth-minute lead in Brittany, while Payet grabbed the visitors’ second with a clever hooked finish midway through the first half.

Goal-crazy PSG hammer Marseille

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani bagged his 35th goal of a spectacular season as Paris Saint Germain swept aside Marseille 5-1 on Sunday in “Le Classique” to move second in Ligue 1.

The reigning French champions are three points behind prolific league leaders Monaco and level with Nice, but go second thanks to a better goal difference in what has become a three-way tussle for the title.

Goal-crazy PSG hammer Marseille

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani bagged his 35th goal of a spectacular season as Paris Saint Germain swept aside Marseille 5-1 on Sunday in “Le Classique” to move second in Ligue 1.

The reigning French champions are three points behind prolific league leaders Monaco and level with Nice, but go second thanks to a better goal difference in what has become a three-way tussle for the title.

Marseille’s American owner vows buying spree

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Marseille (AFP) – Marseille’s American billionaire owner Frank McCourt says he intends to invest heavily in new talent to restore the glory days of the once-dominant French giants.

Marseille stumped up a club-record 30 million euros ($32m, £25m) to lure French international Dimitri Payet back from Premier League West Ham during the winter transfer window, when they also signed veteran Patrice Evra on a free from Juventus.

Barcelona legend wants Marseille to have ‘soul’ of 90s success

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Marseille (AFP) – Everyone keeps asking Andoni Zubizarreta, a Barcelona legend, why he joined Olympique Marseille and when they are going to unveil the next Lionel Messi.

“That is the first question that Patrice Evra asked when I went to Turin to sign him up,” the Spanish goalkeeper hero and now sporting director at the French giants told AFP in an interview.

Emery’s PSG face Marseille fight

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain must win their Ligue 1 grudge match at resurgent Marseille with the club’s Qatari owners demanding nothing less than the successful defence of their title.

Such are the demands at PSG that should they lose to their bitter southern rivals on Sunday and drop six points behind leaders Monaco it would be considered a crisis.

Emery’s PSG face Marseille fight

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain must win their Ligue 1 grudge match at resurgent Marseille with the club’s Qatari owners demanding nothing less than the successful defence of their title.

Such are the demands at PSG that should they lose to their bitter southern rivals on Sunday and drop six points behind leaders Monaco it would be considered a crisis.

PSG football fans banned from Marseille trip – police

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Marseille (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain fans have been barred from Sunday’s Ligue 1 trip to Marseille, local police said on Tuesday.

Champions PSG are due to play bitter rivals Marseille at the Velodrome on Sunday evening.

Previous matches between the sides have been marred by trouble between opposing fans.

Marseille win without injured Gomis

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Paris (AFP) – Marseille overcame the absence of injured leading scorer Bafetimbi Gomis to beat Rennes 2-0 in Ligue 1 on Saturday and boost their hopes of European qualification.

Clinton Njie and Florian Thauvin, the latter with a superb strike, both netted in the second half for the hosts as Marseille moved to within a point of fourth-placed Lyon, albeit having played two games more.

Marseille win without injured Gomis

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Paris (AFP) – Marseille overcame the absence of injured leading scorer Bafetimbi Gomis to beat Rennes 2-0 in Ligue 1 on Saturday and boost their hopes of European qualification.

Clinton Njie and Florian Thauvin, the latter with a superb strike, both netted in the second half for the hosts as Marseille moved to within a point of fourth-placed Lyon, albeit having played two games more.

Payet opens Marseille account in win

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Paris (AFP) – Dimitri Payet scored his first goal in his first Marseille start following his controversial return from West Ham in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory at home to Guingamp in Ligue 1.

Bafetimbi Gomis headed his 14th goal of the season to hand Marseille a first-half lead before Payet’s deflected 76th-minute free-kick secured the points at the Stade Velodrome.

Payet opens Marseille account in win

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Paris (AFP) – Dimitri Payet scored his first goal in his first Marseille start following his controversial return from West Ham in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory at home to Guingamp in Ligue 1.

Bafetimbi Gomis headed his 14th goal of the season to hand Marseille a first-half lead before Payet’s deflected 76th-minute free-kick secured the points at the Stade Velodrome.

New recruit Payet unable to save Marseille

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Metz (France) (AFP) Dimitri Payet made his Ligue 1 debut for Marseille on Friday but the star West Ham recruit's appearance failed to pay off as his new employers lost 1-0 at Metz.

The 29-year-old midfielder had come on to a standing ovation in Tuesday's Cup tie against Lyon after 94 minutes with the game deadlocked 1-1 and heading into extra-time.

Payet debuts as Marseille advance to Cup quarter-finals

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Paris (AFP) Marseille's star recruit Dimitri Payet made his debut on Tuesday but it was Brazilian Doria who booked the team's French Cup quarter-final berth with a 2-1 extra time win over Lyon.

Payet rejoined the Ligue 1 side on a four-and-a-half-year deal on Sunday after Marseille paid 30 million euros ($31.

Marseille’s Payet defends actions in securing West Ham exit

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Marseille (AFP) France international Dimitri Payet said on Monday he didn't have to justify his behaviour after forcing through a return to Marseille from West Ham for a club-record transfer fee.

Payet rejoined the Ligue 1 side on a four-and-a-half-year deal after Marseille shelled out 30 million euros ($31.

Marseille’s Payet defends actions in securing West Ham exit

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Marseille (AFP) France international Dimitri Payet said on Monday he didn't have to justify his behaviour after forcing through a return to Marseille from West Ham for a club-record transfer fee.

Payet rejoined the Ligue 1 side on a four-and-a-half-year deal after Marseille shelled out 30 million euros ($31.

Marseille’s Payet defends actions in securing West Ham transfer

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Marseille (AFP) France international Dimitri Payet said on Monday he didn't have to justify his behaviour after forcing through a return to Marseille from West Ham for a club-record transfer fee.

Payet rejoined the Ligue 1 side on a four-and-a-half-year deal after Marseille shelled out 30 million euros ($31.

Marseille’s Payet defends actions in securing West Ham transfer

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Marseille (AFP) France international Dimitri Payet said on Monday he didn't have to justify his behaviour after forcing through a return to Marseille from West Ham for a club-record transfer fee.

Payet rejoined the Ligue 1 side on a four-and-a-half-year deal after Marseille shelled out 30 million euros ($31.

Payet returns to France amid West Ham fury

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Marseille (AFP) Dimitri Payet made a record-breaking return to Olympique Marseille on Monday leaving a bitter taste at West Ham United after going on strike to force a transfer.

The acrimonious divorce ended late Sunday when the French international signed a five season contract in a deal worth 30 million euros ($31.

West Ham rebel Payet signs for Marseille

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London (AFP) Dimitri Payet's acrimonious divorce from West Ham ended late Sunday as the France international signed former club Marseille in a 30 million euro (£25 million ,$31.3m) deal.

The 29-year-old's short tenure with the Hammers came to a premature conclusion when he signed a contract lasting until 2021 in a new record deal for Ligue 1 outfit Marseille.

West Ham rebel Payet signs for Marseille

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London (AFP) Dimitri Payet's acrimonious divorce from West Ham ended late Sunday as the France international signed former club Marseille in a 30 million euro (£25 million ,$31.3m) deal.

The 29-year-old's short tenure with the Hammers came to a premature conclusion when he signed a contract lasting until 2021 in a new record deal for Ligue 1 outfit Marseille.

West Ham hit out as Payet heads to Marseille

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London (AFP) France international Dimitri Payet's long drawn out transfer saga ended on Sunday as Premier League side West Ham agreed to sell him to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for a reported £25 million (29.3m euros, $31.3m).

The 29-year-old who starred for the Hammers last season scoring 12 goals had effectively gone on strike at the beginning of the month.

West Ham hit out as Payet heads to Marseille

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London (AFP) France international Dimitri Payet's long drawn out transfer saga ended on Sunday as Premier League side West Ham agreed to sell him to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for a reported £25 million (29.3m euros, $31.3m).

The 29-year-old who starred for the Hammers last season scoring 12 goals had effectively gone on strike at the beginning of the month.

Payet gets his dream move back to Marseille

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London (AFP) France international Dimitri Payet's long drawn out transfer saga ended on Sunday as Premier League side West Ham agreed to sell him to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for a reported £25million (29.3m euros, $31.3m).

The 29-year-old who starred for the Hammers last season scoring 12 goals had effectively gone on strike at the beginning of the month.

Payet gets his dream move back to Marseille

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London (AFP) France international Dimitri Payet's long drawn out transfer saga ended on Sunday as Premier League side West Ham agreed to sell him to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for a reported £25million (29.3m euros, $31.3m).

The 29-year-old who starred for the Hammers last season scoring 12 goals had effectively gone on strike at the beginning of the month.

West Ham to sell Payet to Marseille

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London (AFP) France international Dimitri Payet's long drawn out transfer saga ended on Sunday as Premier League side West Ham agreed to sell him to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for a reported £25million (29.3m euros, $31.3m).

The 29-year-old who starred for the Hammers last season scoring 12 goals had effectively gone on strike at the beginning of the month.

West Ham to sell Payet to Marseille

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London (AFP) France international Dimitri Payet's long drawn out transfer saga ended on Sunday as Premier League side West Ham agreed to sell him to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for a reported £25million (29.3m euros, $31.3m).

The 29-year-old who starred for the Hammers last season scoring 12 goals had effectively gone on strike at the beginning of the month.

Evra old cool head for Marseille dressing room

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Marseille (AFP) Former France full-back Patrice Evra indicated Thursday he saw himself as the old cool head to stabilise Marseille after joining the club from Juventus.

"I am someone who looks after the wellbeing of the dressing room," said the 81-cap, 35-year-old former Manchester United star, who has been released from the last six months of his contract with Juve.

Evra old cool head for Marseille dressing room

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Marseille (AFP) Former France full-back Patrice Evra indicated Thursday he saw himself as the old cool head to stabilise Marseille after joining the club from Juventus.

"I am someone who looks after the wellbeing of the dressing room," said the 81-cap, 35-year-old former Manchester United star, who has been released from the last six months of his contract with Juve.

Evergreen Evra seals Marseille move

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Paris (AFP) Veteran French international defender Patrice Evra signed for Marseille on Wednesday on a free transfer from Juventus on an 18-month contract, the Ligue 1 club announced.

The 35-year-old left-back, who had been linked with a return to Manchester United, underwent a medical after being released from the last six months of his contract at Italian champions Juventus.

Evergreen Evra set to seal Marseille move

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Paris (AFP) Veteran French international defender Patrice Evra is set to sign for Marseille on Wednesday on a free transfer from Juventus on an 18-month contract, French media said.

The 35-year-old left-back, who had been linked with a return to Manchester United, was due to undergo a medical at Marseille ahead of sealing a move to the French club, L'Equipe said on its website.

Bilic calls on Marseille to resolve Payet stand-off

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London (AFP) West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says Dimitri Payet will only get his wish to leave the Premier League club if Marseille meet his asking price for the unsettled France midfielder.

Payet is trying to engineer a return to Marseille and has been training with West Ham's Under-23 squad this week after telling Bilic he wasn't willing to play in Saturday's win against Crystal Palace.

Bilic calls on Marseille to resolve Payet stand-off

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London (AFP) West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says Dimitri Payet will only get his wish to leave the Premier League club if Marseille meet his asking price for the unsettled France midfielder.

Payet is trying to engineer a return to Marseille and has been training with West Ham's Under-23 squad this week after telling Bilic he wasn't willing to play in Saturday's win against Crystal Palace.

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West Ham: Dimitri Payet Reveals He Forced An Exit Because He Was ‘Bored’ Of Playing For Hammers

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Further endearing himself to the fans he left behind, Dimitri Payet has claimed he was desperate to leave West Ham because he was "bored" of playing for them.

In an interview with L'Equipe, Payet discussed the questionable manner in which he forced through a move to Marseille in January.

Theway of approaching matches, the defensive system put in place, did not please me.

West Ham To Replace Dimitri Payet Stadium Mural With Ode To Andy Carroll’s Monumental Overhead Kick Against Crystal Palace

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West Ham have announced that work has begun to replace the Dimitri Payet mural outside the London Stadium after the French winger made his huffy and hasty departure earlier in the week.

Indeed, Payet is to be painted out of Hammers history and replaced with a tribute to Andy Carroll's seismic overhead kick against Crystal Palace.

Official: West Ham Grumble About ‘Lack Of Commitment And Respect’ As Dimitri Payet Rejoins Marseille

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West Ham have waved Dimitri Payet off by citing his "lack of commitment and respect" after the pouty French forward officially completed his return to Marseille over the weekend.

As you well know, Payet through a tantrum at the turn of the year and flat-out refused to play for the Hammers in order to instigatea move away, despite signing a new (and lucrative) long-term contract last February.

Dimitri Payet completes £25m move to Marseille

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Dimitri Payet has completed his move to Marseille from West Ham on Sunday night. The 29-year-old forward has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract after a £25m deal was agreed upon between the clubs earlier in the day.

A statement on West Ham’s official website read:

“West Ham United have sold Dimitri Payet to Olympique de Marseille for a fee of £25m.

Dimitri Payet Suffers Ultimate Ignominy After Being Deleted From West Ham Players’ Whatsapp Group

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Having beenmade to train with the Under-23s after downing tools and refusing to play a week or so ago, the full ramifications of Dimitri Payet's insubordination at West Ham are now beginning to hit home.

Indeed, as well has being frozen out of the first-team by Slaven Bilic for attempting to weasel a move back to Marseille, Payet has now suffered the ultimate in footballing ignominy he's been deleted from Mark Noble's team Whatsapp group.