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Spain arrests 83 people in match-fixing probe

13 January, 2019, 16:05 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Spanish authorities arrest 28 tennis players in match-fixing probe

"They would rig matches in order to place multiple and simultaneous bets on a national and worldwide level", the Civil Guard said in a statement.

Match fixing has become a controversial issue in tennis, where elite players are handsomely paid but those in the lower echelons of the game can struggle to make ends meet.

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

The criminal group is reported to have bribed registered professional tennis players, seeking to guarantee predetermined results.

A said: "A criminal group of Armenian individuals used a professional tennis player, who acted as the link between the gang and the rest of the criminal group".

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The Guardia Civil said that its search of 11 homes in Spain had resulted in the seizure of 167,000 euros ($192,000) in cash were seized, along with a shotgun, more than 50 electronic devices, credit cards, five luxury vehicles and documentation related to the case.

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

15 arrested as Spanish police move in on tennis match-fixing ring 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.

Eight lifetime bans were imposed, most notably to Italian former world No 49 Daniele Bracciali for match-fixing and facilitating betting. Last month, yet another report from the Independent Review Panel, which was tasked with finding ways to clean up the sports after Buzzfeed and the BBC published a report in 2016 that revealed widespread match-fixing, recommended that there be no live streaming, or scoring data provided, at low-level professional tennis tournaments.

Of the 400 match specific alerts flagged up by betting organisations to the TIU in 2018, 91 per cent were generated at the lowest and mid-levels of the sport, where prize money is minimal compared to what is on offer on the main Tours.

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