Asked in the columns of L’Equipe about the trial of the VA-OM affair, Eric de Montgolfier was not kind to the former president of Olympique de Marseille.
Former prosecutor of the Republic of Valenciennes, Eric de Montgolfier became in the mid-90s, one of the big names in justice. Consequence of the first role played by the native of Lyon in the trial of the VA-OM affair against Bernard Tapie. If the president of theOlympic Marseille was not directly involved in the corruption case of which Jean-Pierre Bernès was guilty, and the players Jean-Jacques Eydelie, Jorge Burruchaga, and Christophe Robert, it is he who received the greatest penalty , namely two years in prison, one of which is closed, in particular for corruption and bribery of witnesses.
“If the President of OM had not been Bernard Tapie, he would never have gone to prison. The facts did not deserve it “, declared, fifteen years later, Eric de Montgolfier. Once again questioned on this affair, Eric de Montgolfier was no less severe in the columns of The team. “He had lots of little talents. Well, I’m mean, there… He has a personality – which he’s used a lot, by the way – which allows him to train a certain number of people, that’s true. He says nonsense, lies, but at the same time, we listen to him. And a number of people will take his lies for real ”, he thus launched, adding to have lived “enjoyable moments” during the investigation. Especially when it was necessary to dismantle the lies of Marseille bosses.
He took his players for morons
“I lied, but it was in good faith”, was going to dare Bernard Tapie during the trial. A trial that would after all save the players, while several of them, present on Le Phocéa the day the attempted corruption was decided, were indeed aware of Marseille’s intentions. “What do you want me to tell you … They all gave false testimony, regretted Eric de Montgolfier. I who have no appetite for football, I did not have more afterwards. Nothing happened that could reconcile me with football lovers. But maybe these people weren’t football lovers… ”
And to believe Bernard Tapie did not hold his players in very high esteem. “One day, Tapie told me:” I have to explain to you what a player is … You realize, when their TV doesn’t work, they don’t call the convenience store but the club. “That says a lot, indeed, on the state of dependence vis-à-vis the club. Because if the club told them to do it on their own, I imagine they would. Or they would ask their wives… I found that he was selling them badly to me, his players. Basically he thought they were morons launched the former magistrate. Tapie liked power more than football, the club was a stepping stone for the town hall. “