Publicado: Vie, Enero 11, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

US Open contestant among 28 professional tennis players in match-fixing scandal

US Open contestant among 28 professional tennis players in match-fixing scandal

The authorities said those arrested include the leaders of an Armenian gambling ring that was dismantled in October.

Spanish police arrested 83 people, including 28 professional tennis players, involved in "manipulation of professional tennis competitions", Europol said in a statement on Thursday.

It was not clear if the player who took part in the US Open was among those detained.

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

European Union police agency Europol report that 11 house searches had been carried out in Spain in which 167,000 euros (roughly $192,000) in cash were seized, along with a shotgun.

A total of €167,000 ($192,000) in cash was seized during the raids, along with credit cards, luxury vehicles and a shotgun.

The Armenian gang bribed players into fixing matches, according to authorities.

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No other names were immediately disclosed by authorities. Fornell-Mestres was ranked 1007th in singles and 772nd in doubles at the end of 2018.

The investigation started in 2017 after the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) grew concerned about "irregular activities" relating to pre-arranged matches in the tournaments.

The criminal group would then use the identities of thousands of citizens to bet on the games.

At least 97 ITF Futures and Challenger matches were fixed, it said. Forty-two bank accounts have been frozen. Authorities said members of the Armenian ring attended the matches to ensure the players complied with the fixes.

Spanish police have made widespread arrests following an investigation into tennis match-fixing by an organised Armenian criminal gang.

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

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