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FRENCH SOCCER MANAGER CHARGED

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The general manager of Olympique Marseille was charged today with corruption in an alleged bribery and match-fixing scandal involving Europe's champion soccer club.

Jean-Pierre Bernes was charged with "active corruption" for his alleged role of trying to bribe three Valenciennes players to play below par in a May 20 match so that Marseille could save its energy for a Champions Cup match with AC Milan six days later.Two Valenciennes players, Jorge Burruchaga and Christophe Robert, have been charged in the case. The two players allegedly accepted money from Marseille's Jean-Jacques Eydelie, who also has been charged and jailed.

Robert admitted receiving $45,000 to play poorly in a May 20 game won by Marseille 1-0.