Paris: Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier confirmed on Thursday that striker Brandao, currently under investigation for rape, is to join Brazilian club Cruzeiro on loan until the end of the year.
"Brandao's departure is official," Dassier said after meeting the Brazilian player on Thursday. "I wish Brandao and I told him so, lots of success in Brazil. He's joining a big club and I hope this aweful affair will have a positive outcome."
Brandao was placed under police investigation for allegedly raping a 23-year-old woman after a night out in Aix-en-Provence, near Marseille on March 9 and also faces disciplinary action from his club.