Marseille fan goes on hunger strike to get Leonardo Balerdi to leave

One Marseille fan in particular has been willing to go to great lengths to push through the departure of Argentine centre-back Leonardo Balerdi (24). As revealed by L’Equipe’s Marseille-based reporter Mathieu Grégoire, a desperate fan has launched a hunger strike and a sit-in in front of La Commanderie, Marseille’s training center, for Balerdi to leave Les Phocéens.

The defender is having a hard time of late for the Igor Tudor-led side. The former Borussia Dortmund man was at fault on several occasions in Marseille’s 3-0 humbling from PSG at the start of the defence last month. The centre-back also missed the decisive penalty in the shootout during OM’s stunning home exit from the Coupe de France quarter-finals at the hands of Ligue 2 minnows Annecy.

Balerdi was again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons on Sunday against relegation-battlers Strasbourg. He was sent off at the half-hour mark after shoving into Habib Diallo when the RCSA striker was through on goal. Balerdi’s contract with OM runs until 2026.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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