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The sordid story of José Anigo, suspected of having paid young people to avenge the death of his son



When José Anigo learns that the Marseille judicial police are looking for him, he is in London and picks up his phone. He ensures that he will present himself at the summons. We are September 29, 2020. Two days later, the former coach and sports director of OM crosses the worn portal of “Bishop”, name given to the police station of the city. At 59, this is not his first visit. In July 2016, José Anigo had already been indicted for stories of retrocommissions paid to members of organized crime on the sidelines of transfers of OM players. It has since been canceled and the case has been hit hard.

But this time the case looks even more serious. José Anigo is not heard – only – for penny stories. The BRB of Marseille (brigade for the repression of banditry), assisted by the financial brigade, tells him that he must answer for facts “Criminal association with a view to committing a crime”. On Wednesday, October 21, José Anigo was requested to be placed in pre-trial detention.

In six months of investigation, with a lot of sound from apartments, telephone tapping and surveillance, they acquired a conviction: the former player sought to avenge his son, Adrien, killed in 2013 at the age of 30 years in a settling of accounts. José Anigo, whose name is forever linked to OM, drags with him the sulphurous scent of organized crime that has always revolved around the club and its stars, he would have deliberately brought

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