PSG vs Red Star Bel­grade: France launch probe

The Sunday Guardian - - Sports - SA­MUEL LOVETT PARIS

Fr e n c h p r o s e c u t o r s have opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of match-fix­ing re­gard­ing Paris Saint-Ger­main’s Cham­pi­ons League win over Red Star Bel­grade.

The of­fice of the Na­tional Fi­nance Pros­e­cu­tor con­firmed on Fri­day it is look­ing into PSG›s 6-1 vic­tory. Ac­cord­ing to L’Equipe, Uefa alerted the French au­thor­i­ties to a pos­si­ble ma­nip­u­la­tion of the game’s score­line days be­fore the fix­ture took place.

It’s been claimed that, prior to last week’s clash, a se­nior fig­ure at Red Star placed a £ 4.4m bet on his team to lose by a five-goal mar­gin.

PSG went on to beat their Ser­bian op­po­nents 6- 1 at the Parc des Princes, with Ney­mar hit­ting a hat-trick along­side goals from Edin­son Ca­vani, An­gel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe.

With the score at 5-0 with 16 min­utes to play, Marko Marin pulled one back for the vis­i­tors but Ney­mar re­stored PSG’s five-goal ad­van­tage with his third strike in the 81st minute. Red Star travel to An­field for their next Cham­pi­ons League group game be­fore head­ing home to Bel­grade for the re­turn fix­ture in Novem­ber.

When ap­proached for com­ment, Uefa said: “Uefa never com­ments on po­ten­tial, or the ex­is­tence of, in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­leged match-fix­ing as to not com­pro­mise the process of such in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“Uefa only com­mu­ni­cates on spe­cific cases/matches once dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings have been opened and/ or de­ci­sions have been taken.”

Red Star strongly de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. “FC Red Star with the high­est anger and abom­i­na­tion re­jects the story L’Equipepub­lished to­day about (the) sus­pi­cious re­sult of the PSG vs Red Star match and in­volve­ment of any­one from our club in pos­si­ble wrong­do­ings,” said a club state­ment.

“To­day’s tech­nolo­gies and other mech­a­nisms are so im­proved that it is ba­si­cally im­pos­si­ble to leave this case un­solved. THE IN­DE­PEN­DENT

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