Gignac plays down talk of Marseille bust-up
31 October 2014, 20:58
Marseille - Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has played down talk of a rift in the camp of the Ligue 1 leaders after reports that he came to blows with team-mate Brice Dja Djedje.
Sports daily L'Equipe reported on Friday that Gignac punched Dja Djedje after the Ivorian full-back refused to acknowledge him in the canteen at the club's training ground on Thursday.
That alleged incident came after the pair exchanged words during Wednesday's League Cup defeat to Rennes after Dja Djedje was sent off for clashing with Paul-Georges Ntep.
L'Equipe reported that Gignac told Dja Djedje "not to touch" Ntep, with whom he shares the same agent, but Ligue 1's leading scorer defended himself on Twitter.
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"That certain people think I defended an opponents is humiliating for me! I only asked him to remain focused and think about what he was doing!" Gignac wrote on his Twitter account.
While he did not deny accusations that he punched Dja Djedje, he added: "We have talked about it! Matter closed! I have no friends on the pitch except my team-mates! That people can question that is shameful!"
Marseille, who saw their eight-game winning run ended in defeat at Lyon last weekend, are four points clear of Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the Ligue 1 table.
Marcelo Bielsa's side host Lens on Sunday night before going to PSG next weekend.
Meanwhile, out-of-favour midfielder Benoit Cheyrou left Marseille by mutual consent on Friday, ending a seven-year spell at the club in which he won the Ligue 1 title in 2010.