Professional tennis players including one who competed in the US Open among 83 people probed in match-fixing scandal as Spanish police arrest 15 suspects
- Europol revealed details of massive operation as net closes in on match-fixers
- Among 15 people arrested were leaders of Armenian criminal organisation
- Investigation was carried out into match-fixing blighting lower levels of tennis
- Of the 83 people implicated in the case, 28 were professional tennis players
The Spanish Civil Guard has made 15 arrests following an investigation into match-fixing in tennis, which has implicated 28 professional tennis players.
One of those athletes competed at the US Open last year and the net is closing in on the Armenian criminal gang who organised the enterprise.
Eleven house searches were carried out in Spain and £150,000 in cash was seized, along with a shotgun, more than 50 electronic devices, credit cards, five luxury vehicles and documents related to the case.
Police raided 11 homes and seized a number of items including £150,000 in cash
There were a total of 83 people implicated in the extensive investigation into match-fixing
According to Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, a total of 42 bank accounts and their balances have also been frozen.
Among the 15 arrests were leaders of the criminal organisation, while a further 68 people have been investigated, the Spanish Civil Guard revealed in a statement.
A total of 83 people have been implicated 28 of them are professional tennis players playing in the ITF Futures and Challenger categories.
One player, whose identity was not revealed, competed in the 2018 US Open.
‘Our officers have proved the group had been operating since February 2017 and estimate that they had earned millions through the operation,’ added the Civil Guard’s statement.
The Spanish Civil Guard made 15 arrests, including some leaders of an Armenian gang
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.
Twenty-one individuals broke anti-corruption rules with the majority sanctioned for match-fixing or betting offences.
Eight lifetime bans were imposed, most notably to Italian former world No 49 Daniele Bracciali for match-fixing and facilitating betting.
The group organising match-fixing have been in operation since February 2017
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