OM: Owner Frank McCourt denounces ‘thugs’ and reaffirms his commitment
The owner of the OM ended up speaking. Frank McCourt denounced on Sunday the actions of “groupuscules of thugs” after Saturday’s incidents at the club’s training center, and reaffirmed his “commitment for OM and the Marseillais”.
“Groupuscules of thugs”
“OM supporters love their club and it is therefore impossible in my eyes to recognize this status for these tiny groups of thugs”, Frank McCourt wrote in a statement released by OM. “We will work in close consultation with all authorities to ensure that those found responsible for these scandalous acts of violence are brought to justice”, he added.
On Saturday afternoon, some 300 OM supporters gathered in front of the gates of the Commanderie training center with a “Cassez-vous” banner and “Leaders, resignation” flags. They threw dozens of firecrackers, fireworks and smoke bombs before some of them managed to enter the building.
“Thefts were perpetrated and vehicles were damaged. Five trees were burned with the sole desire to destroy. The damage inside the buildings amounted to several hundred thousand euros,” OM wrote on Saturday night in a statement. On Sunday morning, 18 people were still in custody.
In his text, Mr. McCourt compares the incidents on Saturday to those that occurred at the end of January on Capitol Hill in Washington, during the end of the term of US President Donald Trump. “What happened a few weeks ago in Washington DC and what happened yesterday in Marseille follow a similar logic: a few sources are fueling a blaze of opinions, invective and threats which are amplified by social networks, creating the conditions that lead to violence and chaos “, estimated the owner of OM.
“With President Jacques-Henri Eyraud we are leading a policy of cleaning up and rehabilitating the club. This surge of violence leads me more than ever to reaffirm my will and my commitment for OM and the Marseillais”, he added. “We are builders. With the whole team and its president, OM will continue on its way”, Mr. McCourt concluded.