PSG fixture investigated after match-fixing claims
Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League group stage clash with Red Star Belgrade is being investigated for match fixing.
French champions PSG eased to a simple 6-1 victory over the Serbian side on October 3 – with Neymar crashing home an impressive hat-trick at the Parc des Princes.
But in the days leading up to the match, UEFA received a tip off that a senior official at Red Star Belgrade, who has not been identified, along with accomplices, were ready to place a mega bet on their outfit to lose heavily.
According to L’Equipe, a member of the Red Star travelling party bet €5million, or £4.3m, on the Serbian side to lose the fixture by five goals.
The bet, which would have come in, would have yielded massive profits of tens of millions of euros.
Police in France are now investigating the claims, after the National Finance Prosecutor was alerted by UEFA president President Aleksander Ceferin before the fixture.
Along with Neymar’s treble, Edinson Carvani, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe all found the net, before former Chelsea forward Marko Marin pulled a goal back for the visitors.
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The victory was PSG’s first in this season’s competition, after opening their campaign with a defeat to Liverpool.
Napoli currently lead Group C, followed by the Reds, PSG and winless Red Star.
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