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Tennis match-fixing gang dismantled in Spain: police

AFP  |  Madrid 

have dismantled a gang that allegedly fixed professional competitions, detaining 15 people and probing 68 others including players, one of whom played in the last US Open, they said Thursday.

In a statement, the police force said the organisation bribed players to fix matches in ITF Futures and Challenger tournaments, the lower levels of professional tennis where young players start out before getting to the ATP level.

The added the operation kicked off after the Tennis Integrity Unit, an anti-corruption tennis body, made an official complaint.

It did not identify those detained or being probed but said one of them played in the last It is unclear whether he is among the arrested or investigated.

According to Europol, "the suspects bribed professional players to guarantee pre-determined results and used the identities of thousands of citizens to bet on the pre-arranged game."

The members of the organisation are Armenian. "Some of them" were arrested, a spokeswoman told AFP.

They "attended the matches to ensure that the tennis players complied with what was previously agreed, and gave orders to other members of the group to go ahead with the bets placed at national and international level," said in a statement.

The Civil Guard said the group had been operating since at least February 2017 and could have made millions of euros.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 22:35 IST
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