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An official of soccer's European ruling body has alleged that Olympique Marseille owner Bernard Tapie was paid to drop the lawsuit that got his team temporarily reinstated in the European Cup. Union of European Football Associations general secretary Gerhard Aigner made the allegations in an interview published yesterday in the Neue Zuercher Zeitung newspaper. "He likely received huge sums, certainly much more than if he had taken part in the European Cup," Aigner said. "It appears Tapie also took his case to the French government." Aigner said UEFA's headquarters in Bern, Switzerland, were fire-bombed and the organization has received threats since it barred Marseille on Sept. 6 from defending its European Champions' Cup title because of alleged match-rigging.

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