Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Champions League: PSG under investigation for alleged match-fixing

Champions League: PSG under investigation for alleged match-fixing

Paris Saint-Germain's 6-1 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade is reportedly under investigation after a senior official at the Serbian club allegedly placed a multi-million bet against his own team.

Neymar scored twice as PSG went 5-0 up before Marko Marin pulled a goal back, only for the Brazilian to complete his hat-trick with nine minutes remaining.

The report suggests that Uefa tipped off the French national finance prosecutor ahead of the game at Parc des Princes on Oct 3.

It is claimed that a few days before the match, UEFA received reports that a senior figure within the Serbian club meant to place nearly €5million (£4.4m) on his own team losing by a five goal margin.

Red Star have now released a statement vehemently denying the accusations, and demanding an UEFA investigation into the matter in order to clear the club's name.

PSG are now top of Ligue 1 having won all nine of their opening games so far, scoring 32 and conceding just six.

UEFA said it did not comment on ongoing investigations.

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A Red Star Belgrade spokesman, Nebojsa Todorovic, told AFP: "I can not comment on this in any way".

Red Star have dismissed the allegation absolutely. It is not possible.

A PSG statement said: "It is with the utmost amazement and indignation that we learn the information you are sharing with us today".

"At no time has a member of the club been asked to discuss any matters other than those strictly related to the organisation of the match, namely meetings, visits & other standard lunchtime protocol in the build-up to Champions League matches".

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".

"UEFA only communicates on specific cases/matches once disciplinary proceedings have been opened and/or decisions have been taken".

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