“Marcelo clears”. It is with this message, plastered on a flag struck with a donkey, that certain supporters of Olympique Lyonnais celebrated the qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League against RB Leipzig (2-2, 6th day) , last December 10. Yet another provocation – the situation has continued to deteriorate since a trip to Lisbon in October, punctuated by a defeat against Benfica (2-1) – who had the gift of bringing the Brazilian defender from his hinges 32, author of obscene gestures towards the turn of the Bad Gones. While a few days after the incident, Juninho had revealed Marcelo’s desire to leave Lyon, the player will not have finally packed up during the winter transfer window.
Supported by his management and his coach, the central defender had published a message on his social networks to empty his bag, regretting having lost his temper. A month later, solid holder during the Lyon victory in the Girondin lands (1-2), Marcelo went to see the fans who had made the trip, after the meeting and had a discussion with one of them. A gesture by way of reconciliation? Soothing at least. “That day, I closed a door behind me. From that moment on, the negative stayed behind. Then everything becomes natural and performance returns. Concentration returns, mind and body are connected again and the positive returns. ”
“This forgiveness has ended many bad things”
Present at a press conference at the Groupama Training Center on Friday afternoon, the native of São Vicente spoke at length about the episode of the supporters, without concealing his emotion. “This gesture does not represent me but who has not committed a fault? I regret it, I apologize again, because there were children at the stadium, including mine, there was my family. I made a mistake, but it wasn’t the real Marcelo, I lost control at one point “he said at first, solemnly, in a speech that looked like redemption, before telling why he had finally stayed at the club this winter, despite the initial desire to flee. “Yes, I imagined leaving. It was hard, I was very touched, touched. My family, my children were also affected, all of them. I talked to them about it and it crossed my mind to leave “, he explained, tears in his eyes.
But Marcelo didn’t leave in the end. On the contrary, he apologized to the supporters. And it is showing good shape today. A turnaround that he thinks he owes to … god. “At that time, god spoke to me, he touched me and helped me make the best decision. Today, I decided to lead Lyon to the best possible place. I have a contract and I will respect it. And if OL want me to leave, we will discuss it, but for the moment I want to take advantage of these good moments “continued the defender under contract in Lyon until June 2021, before concluding by revealing why he had made amends to supporters. “Christianity teaches us a lot, especially in forgiving, even if sometimes we are not guilty. This allows us to avoid the temptation of hatred, revenge, that’s what I did. I hadn’t premeditated it, I hadn’t thought about it. Today it’s a gesture of forgiveness, I don’t know if I was responsible, but this forgiveness ended a lot of bad things, ” he finished. A new man.