José Anigo released from custody as Marseille transfers investigation continues

Good news for the moment for former Marseille Sporting Director José Anigo, who has been released from custody by the French police, ending a two day questioning period for the OM legend.

Anigo, along with over a dozen others with possible connections to the case, was taken in by French authorities on Tuesday morning, becoming the latest in a series of former and current Marseille officials to be taken into police custody. This surrounds the alleged “laundering and extortion of money” surrounding a number of key OM transfers in 2010, including the high profile signing of since prolific striker André-Pierre Gignac from Toulouse.

Anigo’s lawyer, Emmanuel Molina spoke on behalf of the man who once took Les Marseilles to a UEFA Cup final in 2004, saying his client “Was let go freely and without any charges after this custody period which has allowed him to explain himself with total honesty”.

On Wednesday former OM player Cyril Rool and player agent Jean-Luc Barresi were also taken in for questioning, but a source close to the case told AFP that all taken into custody in the last few weeks could be released by yesterday evening (Thursday).


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