Marseille in the dock over transfers in late 90s

March 10, 2006
By Jean-Francois Rosnoblet
MARSEILLE, France, March 10 (Reuters) - Olympique Marseille's main shareholder Robert Louis-Dreyfus and charismatic former coach Rolland Courbis are among 14 people who go on trial next week on embezzlement and bribery charges.

The trial, starting on Monday and expected to last until March 31, will try to establish if Louis-Dreyfus, Courbis and several other former club officials were guilty of illegal payments in the transfers of 15 players between 1997 and 1999.

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