Soccer-Marseille mayor wants to sell OM's stadium

PARIS (Reuters) - Marseille mayor Benoit Payan said he wanted to sell the Ligue 1 club's Stade Velodrome because it is too expensive for the city.

"The stadium? Yes I want to sell it, because it costs us too much money," Payan said in a Facebook live session.

"I will find a way to find a buyer in the months, years to come."

The Stade Velodrome's renovation ahead of the 2016 European championship cost an estimated 267 million euros, half of them having to be reimbursed by the city of Marseille.

Olympique de Marseille have been going through a rough patch with several supporters breaking into the club's training centre and coach Andre Villas-Boas being suspended on Tuesday after offering to resign citing difference of views with the board on the sporting policy.

They lie ninth in the Ligue 1 standings, having also been knocked out of the Champions League in the group phase this season.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Next In Football

Man City want more after booking semi-final spot, says Guardiola
Real frustrate Liverpool to move into last four
Man City reach Champions League semis with 2-1 win at Dortmund
Red Star punished for racist insults to Ibrahimovic
Liverpool apologise to Real Madrid after team bus damaged
Hosseini strike secures winning start for Persepolis
UEFA confirm Rome as EURO 2020 host city after crowd guarantees
Man United ditch red banners at Old Trafford to improve home form - Solskjaer
Fonseca says Ajax clash is biggest moment of Roma’s season
Slavia Prague's Kudela banned for 10 games for 'racist behaviour'

Stories You'll Enjoy