Professional Tennis Players Investigated In Match-Fixing Scandal

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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 past year.

In December 2016, Spanish law enforcement officials detained 34 people, including six tennis players ranked between Nos.

"A group of Armenian individuals used a professional player who served as the link between them and the other members of the network", the statement said.

Spain's semi-militarised Civil Guard in October raided 11 properties, where they seized 167,000 euros ($192,646) in cash, as well as a shotgun, credit cards, luxury vehicles and documents connected to the case. Each player's match was attended by a member of the Armenian ring, who made sure the player complied with the agreement.

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Spanish police arrested 15 people, and said another 68 have been investigated, as part of probe into tennis match-fixing by an Armenian criminal gang, Deadspin reports.

Fornell-Mestres was handed a provisional suspension from the sport at the end of previous year following an investigation into what the TIU described as "alleged breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program".

The Armenian gang bribed players into fixing matches, according to authorities. The investigation was coordinated by Spain's National Court, the statement said.

Europol said at least 97 matches from lower-tier "Futures" and "Challenger" tournaments were fixed.

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One of those athletes competed at the US Open previous year and the net is closing in on the Armenian criminal gang who organised the enterprise.

The agency said the suspects were warned of the illegality by tennis' integrity body and had been operating since 2017. Furthermore, 42 bank accounts and their balances have been frozen.

Spanish police say 28 professional tennis players, including one who participated in last year's US Open, have been linked to an global organised group accused of fixing matches.

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