Tennis match-fixing gang dismantled in Spain: police

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10 Jan 2019, 22:37 IST

Madrid, Jan 10 (AFP) Spanish police have dismantled a gang that allegedly mounted skilled tennis competitions, detaining 15 folks and probing 68 others together with tennis gamers, one among whom performed within the final US Open, they stated Thursday.

In a press release, the Civil Guard police pressure stated the organisation bribed tennis gamers to repair matches in ITF Futures and Challenger tournaments, the decrease ranges {of professional} tennis the place younger gamers begin out earlier than attending to the ATP degree.

The Civil Guard added the operation kicked off after the Tennis Integrity Unit, an anti-corruption tennis physique, made an official grievance.

It didn’t establish these detained or being probed however stated one among them performed within the final US Open. It’s unclear whether or not he’s among the many arrested or investigated.

In line with Europol, “the suspects bribed skilled gamers to ensure pre-determined outcomes and used the identities of hundreds of residents to wager on the pre-arranged sport.”

The members of the organisation are Armenian. “A few of them” had been arrested, a Civil Guard spokeswoman informed AFP.

They “attended the matches to make sure that the tennis gamers complied with what was beforehand agreed, and gave orders to different members of the group to go forward with the bets positioned at nationwide and worldwide degree,” Europol stated in a press release.

The Civil Guard stated the group had been working since no less than February 2017 and will have made thousands and thousands of euros

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