La Provence this morning provided an update into the internal investigation ongoing at Marseille into the conduct of French World Cup winner Adil Rami, who is currently suspended by the club.
The 33-year-old was received at Marseille’s training centre, La Commanderie, by President Jacques-Henri Eyraud on Wednesday for a hearing relating to the disciplinary proceedings currently engaged against him. Rami has not been allowed to participate in pre-season and is preparing himself physically elsewhere on the Côte D’Azur.
The crux of this procedure falls on Rami’s absence from training on Monday 20th May, two days after the club’s victory over Toulouse, a match that he participated in.
That day, instead of reporting for training, he had set off for Charente-Maritime to participate in an episode of TV gameshow “Fort Boyard” (eventually aired on June 29th). On the agenda that day was a fight in the mud, which he participated in, despite being injured. The crux of the matter hinges upon whether or not Rami had received permission from then manager Rudi Garcia to make the trip.
The newspaper’s sources indicated that Garcia was in fact unaware that Rami would be participating in the TV show and learned of his player’s participation via the club when the league season was already concluded. At the time, Rami apparently told the French coach that he had to go to Paris for family reasons. When contacted by La Provence, Garcia preferred not to comment.