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Ex-Nimes executives to appeal prison sentences for match-fixing - reports

The former president and the majority shareholder of Nimes will appeal prison sentences handed down for their part in attempting to fix matches, according to reports.

Ex-president Jean-Marc Conrad and Serge Kasparian were given 18-month jail terms and €50,000 fines by a Paris court earlier this month for trying to arrange matches in 2014 with the club, which they had just taken over, threatened by relegation.

Five matches were addressed in the case, including the 1-1 draw with Caen on May 13, 2014, that saved Nimes from the drop into the third tier and ensured their opponents would be promoted.

The men were found guilty of trying to fix the outcome of games, not of having actually managed to successfully alter the results.

Jean-Francois Fortin, who was president of Caen at the time, will appeal the 15-month suspended prison sentence and €15,000 fine he was given for passive corruption.

Franck Toutoundjian, who was accused of acting as the ex-Nimes duo's liaison, will appeal his two-year sentence with 12 months suspended and a €5,000 fine.

Three other men, accused of acting as intermediaries, were given a range of suspended sentences and fines.

Under new ownership, Nimes returned to Ligue 1 for the first time since 1993 by finishing second in Ligue 2 last season.

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