Former ref claims United game against Galatasaray was fixed
Published 22:27 09/09/11 By David McDonnell
Manchester United's 1993 Champions League tie with Galatasaray was fixed, it has been claimed.
Former referee and sports commentator Ahmet Cakar claimed Galatasaray bribed officials to fix the 0-0 draw, which put the Turks through at United’s expense.
Cakar used his twitter account to claim the club bribed referee Kurt Rothlisberger and said Sami Colgecen, a Galatasaray executive, set up the deal.
Rothlisberger sent off Eric Cantona at the end of the match and the United star claimed at the time the official had been bribed.
At the time, Cantona told L’Equipe: “I am certain referees have been bought in the European Cup and I ask myself whether Mr Rothlisberger had not also been bought.”
The Swiss referee was banned for life by UEFA in 1997 for attempted bribery in a Champions League match between Grasshopper Zurich and Auxerre the previous year.