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Ex-Red Star claims fixing attempt in 91 club final

July 11, 2013

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Dejan Savicevic says he and other former Red Star Belgrade players were offered money to lose the 1991 European club final against Marseille.

Savicevic told the Associated Press on Thursday that 500,000 German marks was offered by unnamed football managers to several Red Star players while they were in their hotel before the final they won 5-3 on penalty kicks in Bari, Italy.

“It’s not a secret,” Savicevic said in a telephone interview. “I have been saying this for a while and I have never denied it: 500,000 marks was offered to us.

“We refused it because it is not in our character. Everyone knows it ... ask (former goalkeeper Stevan) Stojanovic, or (former midfielder) Robert Prosinecki.”

Star midfielder Savicevic moved to AC Milan soon after the final and helped his new club win the Champions League against Barcelona in 1994. He is now president of the Montenegro Football Association.

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Dusan Stojanovic contributed to this report.

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