Bernard Tapie has been accused of fixing a Champions League match between Olympique Marseille and Brugges in 1993 by bribing the referee
Three months after being accused of fixing a game between PSG and Olympique Marseille, Bernard Tapie has again been accused of a similar act. Former Romania international and coach, Cornel Dinu, says that the Frenchman tried to fix a European game that his club played against Belgian giants, FC Brugge.
Speaking with L’Equipe, Dinu says that Tapie approach referee Ion Craciunescu and told him not to give a yellow card to Basile Boli. Had Boli been given a yellow card, the Frenchman would have been unavailable for the final against AC Milan.
Interestingly enough, Marseille won the final thanks to a goal from Boli.
The game between Brugges was the last of the group stage and Marseille needed to win in order to win their group ahead of Rangers and reach the final.
According to Dinu, Bernard Tapie said, “I took all necessary measures to prevent the Belgians from causing us any trouble.”
Dinu went on to further reveal that the referee was paid $20,000 to avoid Boli getting suspended for Olympique de Marseille. Reportedly, Tapie met with the referee a few hours before kick-off.
When asked by about his accusations, he said, “I’m 71 years old. I have nothing left to lose.”
Craciunescu on the other hand, denies taking anything from the then Olympique Marseille boss.
“I do not want to pay any attention to what Cornel Dinu says. He can bark as long as he wants,” said the accused referee.
Tapie also laughed off suggestions that he brought disrepute to the game. He said that it surprises him to see people hurling accusations without any evidence.
Nonetheless, this latest bit of accusation is definitely going to tarnish Tapie’s reputation. The Olympique Marseille legend is held in high regard in Rhone and would be looking to prove his innocence if an investigation opens up.