French authorities open investigation into €5mln PSG-Red Star ‎UCL 'match-fixing'

13 October, 2018, 11:09 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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PSG hosted Red Star on October 3 for the clubs' second Champions League match in Group C, with the Parisians coming away with a comfortable 6-1 victory.

The reports say that UEFA alerted the French national finance prosecutor about the incident prior to the game, but the allegations were not made public and only UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and a few of his closest associates were aware of the investigation.

It is claimed an informant tipped Uefa off that a Red Star official, working with accomplices, would bet just under €5 million (about £4.4 million) on the Serbs losing by five goals across multiple websites to try not to raise suspicion.

A member of the Red Star travelling party, allegedly bet €5million on the Serbian side to lose the fixture by five goals.

"The statements in this article seriously undermine our image and the club's reputation", the club said.

"Today's technologies and other mechanisms are so improved that it is basically impossible to leave this case unsolved".

Neymar scored a hat-trick in the match with PSG's other goals coming from Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe. Dzajic added that he knows "absolutely nothing about this - it is not possible, it is untrue".

"Scandalised and disgusted, Red Star Belgrade rejects suspicions concerning the PSG-Red Star game and the implication of anyone from the club in any untoward dealings", they said in a statement.

In response to the L'Equipe story, Red Star released a statement denying the accusations.

When approached for comment regarding the match-fixing allegations, Uefa told The Independent: "Uefa never comments on potential, or the existence of, investigations into alleged match-fixing as to not compromise the process of such investigations".



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