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The Independent Online
CHRISTOPHE ROBERT, the Valenciennes striker, has been charged with corruption, his lawyer Pascal Vanhelder announced yesterday. Robert has been under investigation by French police for suspected involvement in an alleged attempt by Marseille, the French champions, to rig a league match. His wife, Marie-Christine Robert, who reportedly went to collect the bribe of 250,000 francs (about pounds 30,000) was also charged. The couple have been released on bail. The French champions beat Valenciennes 1-0 in a match played six days before their European Cup final win over Milan, and there have been allegations that people connected with Marseille offered Valenciennes players money to lose.

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