Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Spanish police arrest professional tennis players for match fixing

Spain arrests 83 people including 28 players in fixing probe Spanish authorities arrest 28 tennis players in match-fixing probe
Sidney Guerrero | 11 January, 2019, 00:55

Another 83 people were involved with the match fixing, Spanish officials said, including 28 professional players.

"Our officers have proved the group had been operating since February 2017 and estimate that they had earned millions of euros through the operation", Spain's Civil Guard said in a statement.

The names of those arrested have not yet been disclosed, but it has been widely reported that one player participated in last September's US Open.

Cash in excess of £150,000 and a shotgun were among the items retrieved in a series of raids, following which 15 people - including some of the players - were arrested.

Police accused Spaniard player Marc Fornell-Mestres, whose highest career singles ranking was 236th in 2007, of acting as the link between players and the Armenian ring that bribed them.

Police said the organised group bribed the players to guarantee predetermined results and used the identities of thousands of citizens to place global bets on the matches.

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According to Europol, the EU's law enforcement agency, a total of 42 bank accounts and their balances have also been frozen.

Spanish police have made widespread arrests following an investigation into tennis match-fixing by an organised Armenian criminal gang.

At least 97 ITF Futures and Challenger matches were fixed, it said.

Match-fixing has been a prominent issue in tennis recently, with Belgian prosecutors detaining 13 people in connection with the issue in June.

The arrests came a day after the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) revealed that in 2018 more tennis players were disciplined for violations of anti-corruption rules than in any other year since the body's creation.

As many as 28 professional tennis players are being investigated for possible match-fixing offenses, with one player thought to be a Grand Slam star.

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