Ligue 2 match-fixing report finds Caen-Nimes 'understanding'
A lengthy report into alleged match-fixing of Ligue 2 games last season has concluded that one match was subject to "an understanding" between the two clubs concerned.
The 50-page report -- drawn up by the former head of Paris' judicial police -- is the result of a two-month enquiry into whether seven French second-tier matches last season involving Nimes, who were battling against relegation, were fixed.
While the report uncovered details that suggested attempts to arrange results had failed in some of the six other matches, it claimed the result of the 1-1 draw between Caen and Nimes -- a scoreline which ensured the former's promotion to Ligue 1 and the latter's survival -- had been tampered with.
"The totality of the scientific elements show a significant voluntary drop in the standard of play of the teams of Caen and Nimes," the report concluded, based on the testimony of 80 people involved in the game on May 13. "This type of understanding is the result of a prematch concertation regarding a constructed scenario."
That conclusion was drawn up with the help of video and statistical analysis by the same company that looked at the alleged "fixed handball" game between Cesson and Montpellier on May 12, 2012.
It was also found that four crates of wine, each including six bottles worth a total of 45 euros, had been purchased by Nimes and given to Caen shortly after the game had finished. At no stage was an exchange of money involved, the report states.
The report also highlights a phone call between Nimes president Jean-Marc Conrad and his Caen counterpart Jean-Francois Fortin, in which Conrad reminds Fortin several times that a draw is enough for both teams, and adds "a present" will be given to the Normandy club.
Upon his arrival at the stadium before the game, Fortin reportedly calls Caen coach Patrice Garande to ask for the score to be "3-0 at least" in his club's favour, backing up Fortin's claims he is innocent of any wrongdoing.
The French Football League's Disciplinary Commission will now sit on March 16 and 17 before deciding whether or not any action should be taken against the clubs or those involved.