Former Olympique de Marseille secretary-general Julien Fournier has strongly criticised the club for what he termed as "inauthentic" eulogy of Pape Diouf.
Diouf, the former Marseille president, died on Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal after succumbing to coronavirus.
Marseille posted a short condolences message on their Twitter account, which Fournier thinks was insufficient and cold. Fournier served as the secretary-general under the late Diouf and is currently the chief executive of Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.
"I am not trying to be controversial, but I am stunned by the lack of authenticity and warmth by the current leaders of OM towards Pape Diouf since his death. I have read tributes that are far more touching from for example PSG or by Jean-Michel Aulas. The Lyon president showed great class,” Fournier wrote in his Ouest-France column.
Fournier hoped that Marseille will have a proper tribute to the man who led the club through some tumultuous period.
"I sincerely hope that the management of this club will have the grace to pay a proper tribute to Pape Diouf considering what he has done for the club and on behalf for everyone who loves it," he wrote in another magazine France Football.
It is understood that the club is, however, planning a proper tribute to Pape Diouf when football resumes after the coronavirus crisis. Club president Jacques-Henri Eyraud said that the former journalist-turned-player agent deserves dignified farewell.