A French investigation into suspected match-fixing in a Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Belgrade in October 2018 has been halted, according to the lawyer for the Serbian club on Thursday.
The Parquet National Financier (PNF), which is in charge of combating financial crime, sent out a notice on May 7 that it had closed its investigation, according to Antoine Vey, a lawyer for the Serbian club, confirming a report in the French sports daily L’Equipe.
Both clubs had strongly denied any wrongdoing after L’Équipe reported that a Red Star official was suspected of betting €5 million on the team losing by five goals in a game won by PSG 6-1. According to reports, Uefa reported suspicions to French authorities following the 3 October game at the Parc des Princes in Group C, which also included Liverpool and Napoli.
“Since the beginning of the investigation, Red Star has expressed its desire to collaborate in this investigation and to identify the source of this malicious and anonymous denunciation,” Vey told AFP.
“The question of the damage caused to the club remains, and we will see if we take legal action or not,” he added.