Ligue 1 - Marseille fans call for merchandising products boycott amid feud with club board
Marseille's fans are calling for a boycott of club merchandise as their quarrel with the board continues. That includes unfollowing their official social media accounts. Supporters are angry at the prospect of season ticket price rises as an apparent punishment for the behaviour of some people during protests.
Fans Marseille during the Ligue 1 match between Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais on May 12, 2019 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alexandre Dimou/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Marseille supporter groups have asked fans to boycott the team's merchandising products after the board threatened to end a convention on season tickets at preferential rates amid a deep club crisis.
Their call came after the OM board informed the groups in a formal notice that it was "considering ending the convention on season tickets", which allows members of the supporters groups to buy a Ligue 1 season ticket for about 200 euros, following violent incidents earlier this month.
"We're asking all those who love the club to make themselves heard in that fight by unfollowing all (club) social media (accounts) so dear to the board. We're also asking them to boycott the Olympique de Marseille merchandising products," the six supporters' groups wrote in a statement late on Tuesday.
The board's letter to the supporters' group prompted criticism from the mayor of Marseille, Benoit Payan.
"The supporters are the soul of the club," Payan wrote on Twitter. "This formal notice from the board is incomprehensible, it cannot be that tens of thousands fans pay for the action of a few persons who have already been brought to justice.
"I wrote to Jacques-Henri Eyraud to ask him to calm things down."
Meanwhile, Eyraud told a business summit on Wednesday that the French league needs to be reduced in size as part of the post-Covid-19 recovery of the game.