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PSG v Red Star game probed over betting

14 October, 2018, 07:38 | Author: Candice Daniels
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PSG won the Group C game 6-1.

Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Belgrade have said they are not aware of any wrongdoing following suggestions of potential match-fixing in their recent Champions League fixture.

L'Equipe said the informant had told UEFA before the match that a high-level Red Star official was planning to place almost five million euros in bets on a five-goal-difference win by PSG, with the complicity of several players.

"It was with the greatest stupefaction that PSG discovered this Friday an article on the L'Equipe website regarding suspicions of match-fixing concerning the UEFA Champions League game with Red Star Belgrade on 3 October and suspicions regarding the alleged actions of bettors from Serbia", PSG said in a statement responding to the report.

Former Germany worldwide Marko Marin scored a second-half goal for Red Star.

Even though match-fixing allegations did not focus on the title race, which involved clubs such as Anderlecht, Club Brugge, and Standard Liege last season, it centred on the relegation fight and a once-famous club, FC Mechelen, which has fallen on hard times.

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The Serbian club released a statement as well and denied the reports.

PSG "categorically rejected" the claims in a statement and said that the club "will not tolerate the slightest attack on its reputation".

Contacted for comment by L'Equipe, honorary Red Star president Dragan Dzajic said: "This is the first that I have heard of it", and that he knows "absolutely nothing about this - it is not possible, it is untrue!"

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

The French newspaper claim UEFA alerted France to a possible bet made by one of the club's directors on his team losing the game by five or more goals.

The probe has been launched just days after raids on some of Belgium's leading football clubs resulted in nine people being arrested, including a prominent referee and three agents.

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