open to investigation after suspicion of match-fixing in second and third divisions

open to investigation after suspicion of match-fixing in second and third divisions

The matches Sochaux-Grenoble (Ligue 2) and Rodez-Lyon Duchère (National), played May 17, are the subject of a preliminary investigation opened Thursday in Paris.

Posted today at 14h55, updated at 15h04

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The football matches Sochaux-Grenoble (Ligue 2) and Rodez-Lyon Duchère (National), played on May 17th on the last day of the championship, are the subject of a preliminary inquiry for "Organized gang scam", "Active and passive corruption", "Aggravated money laundering" and "Criminal conspiracy".

Entrusted to the Central Service Racing and Games (SCCJ) of the judicial police, the investigation was opened Thursday, June 6 in Paris, said Sunday the Agence France-Presse, confirming information from Team.

On May 17, FC Sochaux Montbéliard was to win this last game of the season to stay in Ligue 2. He finally won against Grenoble Foot 38 on the score of 1 to 0 in a game played behind closed doors .

The same day, in a game without sporting stakes, the Rodez Aveyron Football had beaten 5 goals to 1 the club of Lyon Duchère AS.

On May 23, independent journalist Romain Molina posted a video on YouTube claiming to have learned, four days before these meetings, that"There will be matches arranged". He then stated that his informants had designated him the two matches in question, providing him with the exact results and goal spreads in advance.

Suspicions around a third match

The journalist claims to have warned the authorities, worried about the possible influence of online sports betting from abroad, the two games are not open to paris in France.

The daily Team reports that, according to the Authority of regulation of online games (Arjel), these two matches "Did not result in abnormal bets taken abroad".

"It's been ten days since there were noises, the club has not reacted and will not react on this subject"have been informed by Sochaux. The Grenoble club could not be contacted in the immediate future.

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The president of the Rodez club, Pierre-Olivier Murat, said " surprised " to learn this opening of investigation on a match for which there is no "Had nothing to gain", the accession in Ligue 2 is already acquired. The president of Lyon Duchère, Mohamed Tria, contacted by telephone, did not wish to speak on this business.

The French Football Federation has launched an administrative investigation for its part, said the sports daily. Another investigation by the Federation is also underway on a hint of manipulation of the match between Toulon and South Jura, May 11, in National 2 (4th division).

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