PSG’s win over Red Star reportedly being investigated over match-fixing concerns

Authorities told to investigate possible match-fixing in Liverpool’s Champions League group

Authorities told to investigate possible match-fixing in Liverpool’s Champions League group

French police are investigating possible match-fixing involving Paris Saint-Germain, after a tip off from UEFA.

"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 Champions League game with Red Star Belgrade and suspicions regarding the alleged actions of bettors from Serbia", a PSG statement said.

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

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L'Equipe said the Red Star official and accomplices had bet €5million on the match with the aim of winning tens of millions of euros. The Serbian club are due to play Liverpool across their next two games in the tournament.

Police in France are now investigating the claims after the National Finance Prosecutor was alerted by UEFA president President Aleksander Ceferin before the fixture. A statement from the Serbian club read: "FC Red Star, with the highest anger and abomination, rejects the story L'Equipe published today about a suspicious result in the PSG vs Red Star match and involvement of anyone from our club in possible wrongdoing".

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An investigation is underway after it authorities received a tip-off that a director of Red Star Belgrade had placed a €5 million bet on his side losing by five goals against Paris Saint-Germain.

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

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 and other standard lunchtime protocol in the build-up to Champions League matches".

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

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