Six held in match-fixing probe to face magistrates
20 November 2014, 20:55
Paris - Six men held by French police in a match-fixing probe will face questioning by examining magistrates, judicial sources told AFP on Thursday.
Leading figures from Ligue 1 outfit Caen and Ligue 2 club Nimes will be interviewed to determine if they should face charges and stand trial.
Investigators have been scrutinising a 1-1 draw between Caen and Nimes last season that saw the former promoted to Ligue 1 and the latter escape relegation to the third tier.
Recordings of telephone conversations between leading figures of several clubs form a key part of the evidence.
Magistrates have been trying to establish if pressure was exerted by Nimes on other Ligue 2 teams as the club battled against relegation.
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Nimes' main shareholder, Serge Kasparian, his club president Jean-Marc Conrad, the president of Caen, Jean-Francois Fortin, and Michel Moulin, formerly of Paris Saint Germain and Le Mans, are among those in custody.
Dijon coach Olivier Dall'Oglio was released without charge Wednesday evening, as was Kasparian's son.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated French scandal, police kept the president of league leaders Marseille in custody overnight Wednesday as part of a transfer fraud investigation.
Fifteen serving and past Marseille officials, including president Vincent Labrune and two of his predecessors, were detained in raids on Tuesday.
Police are looking into transfers made in recent years, including that of key striker Andre-Pierre Gignac from Toulouse to Marseille in 2010.
Suspicions of extortion, money-laundering, fraud and conspiracy with underworld gangs are being investigated, police sources told AFP.
The sources said gangland figures were suspected of receiving commission from several major transfers, including that of French World Cup player Gignac and Senegalese international Souleymane Diawara. Diawara joined in 2009 from Bordeaux and left this year for Nice.