Neymar scored a hat-trick in PSG’s 6 – 1 win over Red Star, but a match fixing investigation is now underway after a Red Star official placed a 5million euro bet on PSG to win by 5 goals.
Both clubs have denied the claims of the match fixing allegation, and seem to be shocked and bewildered.
The match in question saw PSG scoring four goals in the first half and Neymar became the first player to score two direct free-kicks in a Champions League game since Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009.
The match finished 6-1, Neymar scoring a hat-trick, with Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, and Kylian Mbappe all getting on the score sheet.
Red Star managed to score a consolation in the 74th minute – but the match ended 6-1 to the Parisian giants.
Paris Saint Germain released the following Press Release after the allegations:
It was with the greatest stupefaction that Paris Saint-Germain discovered this Friday an article on the L’Equipe website regarding suspicions of match-fixing concerning the UEFA Champions League game with Red Star Belgrade on 3 October, suspicions regarding the alleged actions of bettors from Serbia.
The Club categorically rejects any and all direct and indirect implication in relation to these suspicions and would like to point out at no moment has Paris Saint-Germain been approached by the National Financial Court in charge of the investigation.
Paris Saint-Germain remains at the disposal of the investigators and will not tolerate the slightest attack on its reputation nor that of its officials. To that end, the Club reserves the right to take legal action against any party that makes defamatory statements against the club and/or its officials.
The Club reaffirms its profound attachment to the fundamental principle of sport, which is and always will be the integrity of its competitions.