French football news

Ex-Arles chief sentenced for match-fixing

March 13, 2013
By Andrew Scott, France Correspondent

Former Arles-Avignon sporting director Fabrice Bertone has been handed a suspended 10-month prison sentence for attempting to fix matches in 2009.

GettyImagesArles-Avignon's 2009-10 Ligue 2 promotion campaign has been under investigation

Bertone was sentenced by a court in Aix-en-Provence on Tuesday for "attempted corruption" after his appeal was thrown out, according to RMC.

He was also ordered to pay a fine of 8,000 euros (£6,985) and pay a symbolic sum of one euro in compensation to the French Football Federation (FFF).

Bertone stood accused of phoning opposition players before matches in the 2008-09 season, offering to sign them for Arles-Avignon if the club were promoted to Ligue 2 and asking them to throw the games.

A lawyer for the FFF said that the final "eight or nine" matches of that season, in which Arles-Avignon did win promotion, were under suspicion.

A player from opposition club Cassis-Carnoux made the accusations against Bertone in an anonymous letter after a match against Arles-Avignon on May 1, 2009.

The Provence outfit went on to win promotion to Ligue 1 the following season, but lasted just one season in the top flight and are currently struggling against relegation in the second tier.