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Former Marseille football coach Rolland Courbis has sentenced to two-years in jail by an appeal court for accepting illegal transfer payments between 1997 and 1999.

The current coach of second division Montpellier was also fined €200,000.

Principal club shareholder Robert Louis-Dreyfus received a 10-month suspended prison sentence and a €200,000 fine.

Courbis had initally received a total sentence of three-and-half years in prison when he was convicted in June 2006.

Louis-Dreyfus was originally sentenced to a three-year suspended prison term and a €375,000 fine.

The case involved the transfers of 15 former players.

Three other men involved in the affair also received prison sentences in the court of appeal. The players agent Gilbert Sau was sentenced to 18 months in prison with his associate Bernard Almeras, receiving a one year prison term with six months suspended. Former players agent and currentlyw director of Belgian club Standard Liege, Licio d’Onofrio, was sentenced to two years prison of which 18 months was suspended.


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