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Cary Erickson | 13 October, 2018, 00:49

Paris Saint-Germain's 6-1 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade is reportedly under investigation after a senior official at the Serbian club allegedly placed a multi-million bet against his own team.

A report in the French newspaper L'Equipe alleged that a senior figure at Red Star attempted to bet nearly €5million on the Serbian champions losing the game by five goals.

L'Equipe's report states that UEFA alerted PNF days before the two teams met at Parc des Princes on October 3.

According to French outlet L'Equipe, French authorities have began looking into the outcome of the contest after a tip off by UEFA.

It alleged that some Red Star players were talked into getting involved on the eve of the game, and said the official had a meeting with PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi scheduled that did not eventually take place.

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L'Equipe newspaper reports that a Red Star official is suspected of betting €5m (£4.4m) on Red Star losing by five goals.

A Red Star Belgrade spokesman, Nebojsa Todorovic, told AFP: "I can not comment on this in any way".

PSG and Red Star are in Group C, along with Liverpool and Napoli, but there is now a cloud of suspicion hanging over the game played between the pair, a game which PSG won 6-1. Former Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin scored for Red Star.

The French Regulatory Authority for Online Games (ARJEL), the body responsible for regulating online gambling in France, told L'Equipe that no suspicious bets were made on the game.