Spanish arrests after tennis fixing probe

Europol show some of the items seized as part of a raid on an alleged tennis match-fixing ring

On the action day, 11 house searches were carried out in Spain in which €167,000 in cash was seized, alongside a shotgun, over 50 electronic devices, credit cards, five luxury vehicles and documentation related to the case.

"Fifteen people have been arrested, among them the heads of the organization, and another 68 are under investigation", confirmed the Civil Guard, explaining that the players received bribes in order to fix the results of matches.

It is unclear whether the player is among the arrested or investigated.

The agency said the suspects were warned of the illegality by tennis' integrity body and had been operating since 2017.

Spanish police have arrested 83 people, including 28 professional tennis players, and "dismantled" an organised crime group following an investigation into alleged match-fixing. Each player's match was attended by a member of the Armenian ring, who made sure the player complied with the agreement.

Europol said the players were among 83 people detained by Spain's civil guard, known as Guardia Civil, among them a tennis player who participated in the U.S. Open previous year.

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The Armenian gang used a professional tennis player as the link between them and other players. Law enforcement began to investigate a Spanish player, which led to the Armenian group.

More than 40 bank accounts used by those allegedly involved with the ring were blocked by authorities.

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.

A report published last month by an Independent Review Panel recommended there be no live streaming or scoring data offered during games in the lower tiers of the sport.

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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