'Match-fixing' probe into PSG's 6-1 win over Red Star

Doug Mendoza
October 14, 2018

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.

Liverpool take on Red Star at Anfield in the next round of Champions League fixtures before heading to Belgrade for the return in November.

However, it is alleged a Red Star senior official, who has not been named, placed a wager of €5 million that his team would lose by a five goal margin.

It alleged that some Red Star players were talked into getting involved on the eve of the game, and said the official had a meeting with PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi scheduled that did not eventually take place.

According to the French newspaper L'Equipe, UEFA raised concerns about prospectively unusual betting patterns in relation to the match that ended 6-1 in favour of the French champions.

France's financial prosecutor's office confirmed an investigation has been opened, but declined to comment further.

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

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But now PSG have responded to the claims, rejecting all implication and denying the club have been approached as part of the investigation.

"The club categorically rejects any direct or indirect involvement with these suspicions", PSG said in a statement, adding that it had not been contacted by investigators.

"The statements in this article seriously undermine our image and the club's reputation", the Serbian champions are quoted as saying.

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

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

The French Regulatory Authority for Online Games, the body responsible for regulating online gambling in France, told L'Equipe no suspicious bets were made on the game.

A total of 19 people are facing charges ranging from match-fixing to money laundering in the country's biggest footballing scandal in decades.

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