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

Neymar celebrates one of his three goals against Red Star Belgrade Neymar put PSG 2-0 up before scoring the final goal of the game
Cassandra Castillo | 12 October, 2018, 21:53

French investigators are probing suspicions of match-fixing in Paris Saint-Germain's 6-1 win against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League group stage on October 3.

A few days prior to the match, UEFA were allegedly informed that a senior figure within Red Star Belgrade intended, with a series of accomplices, to place several million euro on the Serbian club losing by five goals.

France's financial prosecutor's office declined to comment on the report.

According to French outlet L'Equipe, French authorities have began looking into the outcome of the contest after a tip off by UEFA. The game was played last week and Red Star could now face action after the claims came to light.

PSG said it was "extremely concerned" by the investigation.

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Red Star Belgrade now sit bottom of Group C of their Champions League group.

Red Star, meanwhile, reacted to L'Equipe's report with "the highest amount of anger and disgust". "Current technology is so advanced that it is simply impossible that such a case can not be resolved".

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!"

Marko Marin scored Red Star's only goal.

France's online betting watchdog Arjel said it had seen no evidence of irregular activity regarding the match either in France or in 22 other mainly European countries, or by countries covered by the Global Lottery Monitoring System.

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