Tennis match-fixing investigation: Spain arrests 15 people

13 January, 2019, 16:01 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Spanish authorities arrest 28 tennis players in match-fixing probe

Spanish authorities raided 11 houses, seizing €167,000 in cash, a shotgun as well as several luxury vehicles and froze 42 bank accounts, according to the statement.

Spanish authorities have arrested 15 people in connection with an global ring accused of fixing tennis matches.

EU-wide crime agency Europol has reported that Spain's Guardia Civil has arrested 83 individuals in connection to a criminal syndicate manipulating professional tennis competitions/matches.

An ongoing investigation into a tennis match-fixing scandal by an Armenian criminal gang has seen 15 people arrested.

One of those athletes competed at the US Open previous year and the net is closing in on the Armenian criminal gang who organised the enterprise.


It did not identify those detained or being probed but said one of them played in the last US Open. Each player's match was attended by a member of the Armenian ring, who made sure the player complied with the agreement.

Authorities said the players tainted results after taking bribes from an Armenian ring that was dismantled in October. Law enforcement began to investigate a Spanish player, which led to the Armenian group.

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

Eight lifetime bans were imposed, most notably to Italian former world number 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.

"The imbalance between prize money and the cost of competing places players in an invidious position by tempting them to contrive matches for financial reward", the report said.

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