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SPORTS: PSG's CL win over Red Star now the subject of match-fixing probe

Published:Saturday | October 13, 2018 | 12:48 PM

Authorities in France have confirmed that they are investigating allegations of match-fixing in the Champions League football game between French club Paris St-Germain (PSG) and Serbian team Red Star Belgrade earlier this month.

PSG won 6-1.

The investigation was launched after French newspaper L'Equipe alleged, in a report, than a Red Star Belgrade official placed a bet of almost five million euros for the Serbian club to lose by five goals.

Both clubs have denied any wrongdoing.

The French National Finance Prosecutor (PNF) announced that it began investigating the claim after it was alerted by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Red Star Belgrade issued a statement rejecting the allegation “with the highest anger and abomination.”

"The article can harm and bring big damage to our club's reputation and that is why we insist that UEFA and investigators in Serbia and in France investigate the whole story and get the truth,” the statement said.

The club said it expects officials to get the truth “at short notice and remove any doubt about our involvement in possible wrongdoing."

PSG expressed "amazement and indignation" at the allegations.

"Paris Saint-Germain reiterates its commitment to a fundamental principle of sport, that of the integrity of competitions and therefore refutes any form of practise that could call into question that integrity," the club said in a statement.

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