Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew is a hero among Marseille supporters for being true to the club but despite his heroics he is not spared insults by the ultras of the club.
Ayew, who was born in the city and honed his career at the club where his father Abedi Pele made his name, fired in a hat-trick at the Vélodrome over the weekend.
Marseille put the penultimate nail in Ajaccio’s coffin with a 3-1 win, secured with an André Ayew hat-trick.
But the real story was not on the pitch but in the stands.
In protest at the team’s recent poor form and the general aura of disarray at the club, only 15,000 turned up for the match.
Those who came spent most of the time raining down abuse at the players and the club officials.
They unfurled insulting banners “like you, we’ve come here tonight to do nothing”; meaning that the Marseille players come to their recent matches to do nothing or put in no effort in their matches.
Other banners also claim that the current players of Marseille are tearing down the giants status of the club built over the years. One banner read: “20 years to build a club, one year to destroy it”.
“we no longer support you, we put up with you”) and playing recordings of goats bleating, to demonstrate their discontent.
Jose Anigoat’s men are still in contention for European qualification, but something is clearly rotten in the state of Marseille.