Ghanaian international football legend, Abedi Ayew Pele in 1987, signed onto Olympique Marseille Football Club in a rather bizarre twist of events.
Speaking on the circumstances leading to the signing, Bernard Tapie, the president of the French club at the time has revealed how the club managed to clinch the famed footballer from from Mulhouse at the expense of rivals AS Monaco.
According to the account of Tapie, Olympique Marseille used a rather bizarre backstory to deter their competitors from signing the footballer.
Tapie revealed that he had conspired with AS Monaco to create a story that the Ghanaian footballer was HIV+ in a bid to deter others from showing interest in Abedi Pele.
“You know what, I told the player (Pele) that when he arrives at Monaco for the medical examination , he will be asked to take a blood test which is done for African players but that he should not agree, that he should tell them he cannot support the blood test", Bernard told local French media.
"At the same time I conspired with an employee at AS Monaco who was a known figure within the club and instructed him to fabricate a falsehood that the player was HIV positive. You know we escaped beautifully and the plan worked well . He told me we (Monaco) didn’t take Pele because he is HIV positive”, he continued.
After the scandal of the HIV+ broke out, Marseille took the opportunity to sign Abedi Pele.
Many have said that Tapie's revelations are enough prove that football is indeed a dirty game as the former Marseille boss himself said, "Its like that , you have to win".
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