Diouf, who served as president of the Ligue 1 club between 2005 and 2009, died in Senegal on Tuesday, it was confirmed.
It is with great sadness that Olympique de Marseille learned of the death of Pape Diouf.— Olympique de Marseille (@OM_English) March 31, 2020
Pape will remain in the hearts of the Marseillais forever, as one of the great architects in the club's history.
We send our sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/oASMjZJ8rI
In a statement on Twitter, Marseille wrote: "Olympique de Marseille learned with great sadness of the death of Pape Diouf.
"Pape will remain forever in the hearts of Marseillais as one of the great craftsmen in the history of the club.
"Our condolences to his family and loved ones."
French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet also paid tribute to Diouf.
Pape Diouf, ancien dirigeant de l’Olympique de Marseille, est décédé à l’âge de 68 ans, au Sénégal, des suites du coronavirus. https://t.co/SBOjGTHOK1— FFF (@FFF) March 31, 2020
"He was an important man in our football, a quality man, atypical, listened to and respected, with a real personality who had respect for the game, the players," he said.
"He was passionate, with convictions and always extremely courteous. On behalf of the French Football Federation, I extend my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones."
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