Spanish police arrest tennis players linked to match-fixing ring

29 tennis players in Spain have been implicated in a match-fixing scheme allegedly run by Armenian organized crime group

Spanish police arrest tennis players linked to match-fixing ring

Spanish police arrested 83 people, including 28 professional tennis players, suspected of gaining millions of euros by fixing professional matches, Europol revealed on Thursday.

Some €167,000 (£151,000) in cash was seized along with a shotgun, more than 50 electronic devices, five luxury cars, credit cards and documents relating to the case in police raids on 11 properties. Furthermore, 42 bank accounts and their balances have been frozen.

One player, whose identity was not revealed, competed in the 2018 US Open.

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

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

Guardia Civil then unraveled a web of criminals who allegedly bribed professional players to guarantee predetermined results and stole the identities of hundreds of citizens to bet on the pre-arranged games.

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Police are also investigating what they suspect are strong links between some of the suspects arrested in Spain and an Armenian-Belgian crime gang broken up by Belgium police a year ago, also suspected of fixing tennis matches. They also gave orders for "other members of the group" to place bets at the "national and global level".

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

Twenty-one individuals broke anti-corruption rules with the majority sanctioned for match-fixing or betting offences, while eight lifetime bans were imposed, most notably to Italian former world number 49 Daniele Bracciali for match-fixing and facilitating betting.

Tennis may not be the first sport that comes to mind for sports fixing.

The report said there were around 14,000 notional professional players in 2018 but that only about 600 earned enough money to cover the annual cost of competing.

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