Marseille playmaker Andre Ayew conceded â€˜it hurtsâ€™ to hear the clubâ€™s fans boo his team even after they broke through for a win on Friday.
Ayew struck a hat-trick for Marseille as they won 3-1 over visiting Ajaccio at the Stade Velodrome but the performance did not see the south coast club avoid a vicious reception from their fans.
Before the game, insults towards Marseille coach Jose Anigo and president Vincent Labrune were found scrawled all over the clubâ€™s training base, while during the contest, the supporters vented their frustration at six-match winless streak that ended against Ajaccio.
Ayew said it was a tough atmosphere to play in but conceded he and his team-mates could not â€˜blameâ€™ Marseilleâ€™s fans for reacting that way.
â€œIt hurts,â€ the Ghanaian midfielder said.
â€œThe worst is that you cannot really blame them. Our results were not up to par.â€
But while Anigo agreed that Marseille have not been good enough through March, the interim coach was less forgiving of the fans.
â€œIt felt like everything was organised. This is annoying. I do not care who is behind all this, I am simply acting,â€ the 52-year-old said.
â€œFootball, this is not it. All this hate, what you can see or hear. Itâ€™s not that.
â€œIn life, there are hardships, much harder, football does not belong.â€
Marseille defender Jeremy Morel agreed that the fansâ€™ reaction on Friday was â€˜a little too farâ€™.
â€œOf course we understand them,â€ Morel said.
â€œWe are here to do our job but it is not easy. I quite agree with them (the supporters) that our state of mind was often faulty but tonight it was a little too far.
â€œIt will be difficult to return before the public for the next match.â€
The win saw Marseille stay sixth in Ligue 1 with 48 points, six adrift of fourth-placed Saint-Etienne, who occupy the UEFA Europa League berth.
With European football still up for grabs for next season, Anigo said his players deserved credit for winning under trying conditions.