Fifteen arrested in tennis match-fixing investigation

  • Fifteen arrested in tennis match-fixing investigation

Fifteen arrested in tennis match-fixing investigation

Professional tennis' anti-corruption body a year ago complained about irregular activities at games, including prearranged matches, at the lower-tier ITF Futures and Challenger tournaments.

Spanish police are leading an investigation into match-fixing in tennis, with 83 people suspected of being involved in the ring.

According to the force, those responsible for the alleged fraud were engaged in bribing professional players in order to profit from bets placed on fixed matches.

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

That number includes 28 professional tennis players, including one who played in last year's US Open in NY.

A statement from Europol said: "A criminal group of Armenian individuals used a professional tennis player, who acted as the link between the gang and the rest of the criminal group".

"Our officers have proved the group had been operating since February 2017 and estimate that they had earned millions of euros through the operation", added the Civil Guard's statement. They confiscated €167,000 ($191,000) in cash, a shotgun, more than 50 electronic devices and five luxury vehicles, as well as other valuables.

"Those now under arrest ran the money through different accounts before finally transferring it to those under their control, always using false names", said police.