Lyon coach hurt at Champions League suspicions

Updated: 10 December 2011 13:19 IST

Lyon coach Remi Garde said on Friday he felt hurt at suggestions his side's shock 7-1 Champions League midweek thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb could have been the result of match-fixing.

Lyon coach hurt at Champions League suspicions

Paris:

Lyon coach Remi Garde said on Friday he felt hurt at suggestions his side's shock 7-1 Champions League midweek thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb could have been the result of match-fixing.


France's online gaming authority ARJEL said Thursday following an investigation after the match in Zagreb on Wednesday night, which took the French to the last 16, that it had not uncovered any anomalies.

But the result was a remarkable rescue act for Lyon, who went into their final Group D game three points behind Ajax and needing to make up a goal difference of seven.

ARJEL president Jean-Francois Vilotte did call Thursday on European football's governing body UEFA to examine what happened in other markets and Ajax have also asked for a UEFA investigation.

But Garde said it would be better to judge the result at face value and salute the side's achievement.

"I felt hurt" about the allegations, he told reporters.

"I prefer to remember what happened in Zagreb as being something extraordinary.

"For me, we are top level sportsmen and we pulled off an achievement. In this there is satisfaction and pride - but this suspicion hurts me as well as the (club) president."

Garde added: "It is a shame to imply that what happened in Zagreb was not just about football."

Striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who scored four goals in the game, said he believed it was "normal for people to ask questions as Lyon had a tiny chance of going through" beforehand.

But Gomis pointed out that "with Dinamo down to 10 men after the break that allowed a fair number of chances" to fall Lyon's way and they gratefully accepted as the match turned into a rout.

Gomis also brushed off a wink by Zagreb player Domagoj Vida as nothing untoward but merely "a plea not to make an already thumping defeat even bigger".



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