Champions League: PSG under investigation for alleged match-fixing

Tanya Simon
October 13, 2018

French authorities have opened an investiagation into possible match fixing in the UEFA Champions League tie between Paris Saint Germain and Red Star Belgrade, which ended 6-1 in favour of the Ligue 1 side.

The hosts jumped out to a 4-0 lead during the first half, and scored a fifth in the 70th minute before Red Star notched a goal of their own four minutes later.

The French authorities are looking into the allegations, which arise from the group C encounter at Parc de Princes, after being alerted before the game by Uefa.

A few days prior to the match, UEFA were allegedly informed that a senior figure within Red Star Belgrade intended, with a series of accomplices, to place several million euro on the Serbian club losing by five goals.

In a statement, the French club said its contact with Red Star for the match had been completely normal.

"Red Star with highest anger and abomination rejects the story L'Equipe published today about a suspicious result of the PSG-Red Star match and the involvement of anyone from our club in possible wrongdoing", the Serbian club's statement read.

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UEFA said it did not comment on ongoing investigations.

It was no more than a consolation effort, with Neymar completing the scoring, and his hat-trick, in the 81st minute to give PSG an easy victory. "Current technology is so advanced that it is simply impossible that such a case can not be resolved".

Red Star have dismissed the allegation absolutely.

In response to the L'Equipe story, Red Star released a statement denying the accusations. It is not possible.

They added: "Paris Saint-Germain reiterates its commitment to a fundamental principle of sport, that of the integrity of competitions and therefore refutes any form of practice that could call into question that integrity".

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