Rangers link to Marseille probe

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Ljubomir Barin, a Croat football agent who worked in France for two decades, told police investigators into fraud at Marseille that the club's former owner, Bernard Tapie, asked him to approach the referee before the match with Rangers in the 1991 European Cup which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Barin supported earlier claims that the club bought five or six matches a season from 1989 to 1993, including paying AEK Athens pounds 39,000 to obtain a 1-1 draw in the European Cup in 1989.

Tapie is appealing against a two-year jail sentence, one year suspended, for ordering Bernes to fix a match against Valenciennes in 1993 which clinched Marseille's fifth consecutive league title.