This isn’t the first time that rumours have emerged of some money being chucked around before the 1991 European Cup final, but the former Red Star and AC Milan winger Dejan Savićević has now claimed that he, Miodrag Belodedić, and Robert Prosinečki were offered 500,000 deutsche marks in order to fix the match. According to Savićević himself, some “agents” were willing to pay that sum in order to ensure the aforementioned players’ co-operation, but received short shrift from the Yugoslav footballers.
Red Star went on to win the final on penalties, but their opposition that night, Bernard Tapie’s Marseille, would go on to “enjoy” having their head honcho exposed as a criminal and a match-fixer. Two seasons later, Marseille were stripped of their 1993 French league win, but not their European triumph of the same year.
In related news, it was today announced that Tapie will have hundreds of millions of euro seized from his bank accounts. Throwing a couple of deutsche marks at a few footballers was the least of his crimes, it seems.