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Football: Tapie talks of vendetta

MARSEILLE's promotions manager, Claude Ghidalia, was being held for questioning yesterday in connection with the ongoing investigation into alleged match-fixing. He was arrested on Wednesday evening and was being asked about matters concerning the French club's accounts.

Marseille's owner, Bernard Tapie, who was questioned about allegations that Marseille bribed three Valenciennes players to throw a league match on 20 May, claimed yesterday that there was an organised campaign to destroy him. 'What I find unacceptable is that to attain this end they do not hesitate to destroy a club, and French football, in particular,' he said.

Abedi Pele, the 30-year-old Ghanaian international, has joined Lyon from Marseille for an undisclosed fee. He has a three-year contract with Lyon, who are coached by the former international, Jean Tigana.