Police have searched the headquarters of Marseille and seized documents relating to Franck Ribery’s transfer from Galatasaray in 2005.
Marseille prosecutors launched an investigation last year after Ribery’s former agent, Bruno Heiderscheid, filed a complaint against the player and Marseille for alleged irregularities in the deal.
According to L’Equipe, police seized accounting documents and files in order to check if fund transfers had been made between the two clubs and also between Marseille and Heiderscheid.
Ribery, now with Bayern Munich, joined Marseille, having opted out of his deal with Galatasaray in May 2005 after not been paid for four months. He also sacked Heiderscheid a few weeks before signing for Marseille, before joining agents Alain Migliaccio and Jean-Pierre Bernès.
Galatasaray appealed against the move, claiming €10 million in compensation, but the Court of Arbitration of Sport ruled that Ribery was justified in terminating his contract with the Turkish club at the end of the 2004-05 season.