A French regional league stated it’ll examine ‘suspected fraud’ after a match ended 22-1 permitting the winner to seal promotion.
However the president of the losers, FC Septemes, stated his group was so depleted they have been fortunate to solely lose to Arles by 21 objectives.
Eric Borghini, the president of the Mediterranean Soccer League, stated the investigation will open with a gathering on Wednesday.
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There is just one promotion slot from the 12-team league, identified formally as Regional 2, Pool C, to Regional 1.
Arles entered the penultimate spherical of the season second to Martigues Reserves by 9 on aim distinction.
They might have ended it in first place if the consequence had not been suspended by the league.
Arles stated in an announcement that they’d been rewarded for his or her arduous work on the coaching floor.
“All week lengthy, the Arles gamers have been working to arrange for this decisive match within the ultimate stretch of the championship with 4 coaching periods. Coach Michel Estevan notably insisted on the attacking work,” stated the assertion, including that huge scores weren’t uncommon within the league.
The opposite matches on Sunday included a 10-0 victory for Cannes Reserves, whereas Martigues gained 6-0.
“In a division the place 32 objectives have been scored within the different 5 matches, the place one group conceded a complete of 109 objectives, the place 4 reserve groups of Nationwide 2 golf equipment are taking part in… the place many groups solely flip up with 11 gamers, generally veterans, even 50 years previous, the place there’s a enormous gulf between the groups on the prime and the underside of the desk, ought to we be blamed for having scored objectives when it was doable?” requested the membership.
Stories stated the Septemes, from the outskirts of Marseilles, had cobbled collectively a aspect from members of their reserves and third group, with their coach and an assistant, aged over 50, additionally taking part in and an outfield participant retaining aim.
“Logically we must always have let in 30 or 40 objectives,” membership president Salah Nasri informed a neighborhood newspaper.
“We needed to complete the season honourably, with out forfeiting and thus preserve the ethics of the league,” he added.
There may be one spherical of matches nonetheless to play, when Martigues journey to Noves to play backside membership O Novais who’ve picked up simply three factors whereas conceding 109 objectives and scoring 14 of their 21 video games.