Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
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Spain arrests 83 people, including 28 players, in fixing probe

Spain arrests 83 people, including 28 players, in fixing probe

"Of those 83, 28 are professional tennis players who have either been detained or investigated - one of whom took part in the last US Open".

Spanish police have broken up a tennis match-fixing ring that is alleged to involve almost 30 professional players, including one who played in the last US Open.

Police say 15 people were arrested, including some of the tennis players, after 11 houses were raided.

They confiscated €167,000 ($191,000) in cash, a shotgun, more than 50 electronic devices and five luxury vehicles, as well as other valuables.

Police said the organized group bribed the players to guarantee predetermined results and used the identities of thousands of citizens to place worldwide bets on the matches.


"Once the bribe had been paid, the Armenians headed for the match venues to use their overwhelming muscle to make sure that the player kept their end of the deal". Authorities said members of the Armenian ring attended the matches to ensure the players complied with what was previously agreed.

Forty-two bank accounts have also been frozen.

"The suspects bribed professional players to guarantee predetermined results and used the identities of thousands of citizens to bet on the pre-arranged games", Europol said.

Professional tennis' anti-corruption body past year complained about irregular activities at games, including prearranged matches, at the lower-tier ITF Futures and Challenger tournaments. In the Belgium case, police announced in June the arrest of 13 people in Belgium and said the gang also targeted lower-level tennis matches. They also gave orders for "other members of the group" to place bets at the "national and worldwide level".

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