Spanish police arrest 28 tennis players connected to fixing

Updated: Jan 11, 2019, 11:34 IST | IANS

"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, which supported the Spanish operations, said

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Spanish authorities arrested 83 people, including 28 professional tennis players, suspected of being involved in a bribery and match fixing scheme linked to an Armenian organised crime gang, Spain's police and Europol said yesterday.

Authorities launched the operation, codenamed Bitures, in 2017 when the Tennis Integrity Unit, an anti-corruption body, flagged irregular activities in the ITF Futures and Challengers tournaments. One of the suspects participated in the last US Open.

"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, which supported the Spanish operations, said.

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