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Ireland's postponed Six Nations game in Paris under investigation by French authorities

Ireland Captain Paul O'Connell leaves the field after he inspects the pitch before the postponement of the RBS 6 Nations match between France and Ireland at Stade de France on February 11, 2012 in Paris.
Ireland Captain Paul O'Connell leaves the field after he inspects the pitch before the postponement of the RBS 6 Nations match between France and Ireland at Stade de France on February 11, 2012 in Paris.

The French Rugby Federation is under investigation over the sale of thousands of match tickets on the black market, with the postponed Ireland match in 2012 under scrutiny.

Reports in French media today revealed that the Central Office for the Suppression of serious crime is investigating the French Rugby Federation over claims of money laundering.

The investigation is to focus on the headquarters of the FFR in Marseilles where thousands of tickets were purchased with "dubious origin".

Le Canard Enchaine today reported that Arbib Ahmed , founder of Passion Events boss, set up a network of illegal tickets for matches in the RBS Six Nations at the Stade de France before selling them on specialised sites.

The postponement of the France - Ireland fixture in 2012 due to a frozen pitch is of particular interest to the investigating team.

Several spectators who had asked to be reimbursed would have discovered the fraud when their tickets which were supposedly valued at €100 were in fact worth just €15.

In total the investigation covers several matches and value of "€600,000 to €800,000 placed on the black-market tickets.

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