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The Leopard
10 Jan 19 14:12
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Shocked

BBC say 28 now on news !

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/46822784

Law enforcement officials in Spain have arrested 15 people in an investigation into tennis match-fixing by an Armenian criminal gang.

Spain's Civil Guard said 83 people were implicated, among them 28 players from the ITF Futures and Challenger tours.

One of the players competed at last year's US Open, it said.

EU police agency Europol said 11 house searches had been carried out in Spain in which 167,000 euros (£151,000) in cash were seized, along with a shotgun.

It added that more than 50 electronic devices, credit cards, five luxury vehicles and documentation related to the case were also seized.

Forty-two bank accounts have also been frozen.


"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 said in a statement.

"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."

The Civil Guard added that "once they got the bribe, the Armenian members went to the places where the matches were being played to make sure the player went through with what they had agreed, making the most of their imposing size".

"Fifteen people have been detained, among them the leaders of the organisation, and 68 others have been investigated."

None of those investigated has been named.

The Civil Guard said the organisation had been operating since at least February 2017, while Europol said at least 97 ITF Futures and Challenger matches had been fixed.

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

A joint BBC and BuzzFeed News investigation uncovered suspected illegal betting on tennis matches in January 2016.

Last month a final report into corruption in tennis by the Independent Review Panel said there should be no live streaming, or scoring data provided, at the lowest tier of professional tennis.

The ITF Futures and Challenger tournaments are below the top-tier ATP and WTA Tours.

The International Tennis Federation estimates there are 14,000 players trying to make a living from the sport, half of whom do not make any money at all.
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Report aaronh January 10, 2019 3:59 PM GMT
One player played in the US Open last year.
Report nofx January 10, 2019 4:11 PM GMT
'd like to know more about these stolen identities used
Report The Leopard January 10, 2019 4:37 PM GMT
One of them's yours.....any good ? Laugh
Report The Leopard January 10, 2019 4:38 PM GMT
Just a joke...Betfair Wink
Report nofx January 10, 2019 4:45 PM GMT

Jan 10, 2019 -- 9:59AM, aaronh wrote:


One player played in the US Open last year.


can't ba to look it up but if you want a hint, the highest ranked player is said to be ranked ~#800 or Spain #30

Plain

Report nofx January 10, 2019 4:53 PM GMT

Jan 10, 2019 -- 10:37AM, The Leopard wrote:


One of them's yours.....any good ?


would be kinda funny if they targeted gamblers for this and it's all betfar users

Report nofx January 10, 2019 4:56 PM GMT
it's probably going to be senior citizens or Albanian kids who never even owned a passport or something like that :(
Report n88uk January 11, 2019 12:36 AM GMT
More irrelevant smoke an mirrors. No-one of any substance involved, and just lower level dross. Match fixing in Conference South wouldn't make the news like this.
Report aaronh January 11, 2019 11:29 AM GMT
Would if it was backed by a violent gang tbf
Report jin_kazz January 11, 2019 7:38 PM GMT
fkn armenians. they always do match fixing
Report jin_kazz January 11, 2019 7:40 PM GMT
i bet nadal was that guy who was the guy who acted as the link
Report aaronh January 15, 2019 12:11 AM GMT
I hear that one of the players was Marc Fornell Mestres
Report aaronh January 15, 2019 12:21 AM GMT
turns out his arrest was more like last year. anyway he had 4 matches last season that he retired a set and 5-x down

funny stuff
Report GRANTCKING January 15, 2019 1:35 PM GMT
Laugh
Report GRANTCKING January 15, 2019 1:36 PM GMT
pretty weird, why not just retire after the 1st set instead of letting it get to 5-x, be aswell just let the opponent win then
Report wisewords January 15, 2019 7:25 PM GMT
some books like 365 void on retirement
Report GRANTCKING January 15, 2019 10:13 PM GMT
yeh but he retired anyway at 5-x, so it looks even more dodgy than retiring after the 1st set
Report GRANTCKING January 15, 2019 10:13 PM GMT
they obv werent placing their bets on sportsbooks
Report wisewords January 15, 2019 10:57 PM GMT
you don't think they would target bookies aswell as BF?
Report GRANTCKING January 16, 2019 12:20 AM GMT
well as u say most sportsbooks void now so they player fixing wouldnt be retiring in the 2nd set
Report wisewords January 16, 2019 12:21 AM GMT
would be if they'd said to him "you can try to win after losing the first set, but if you can't then retire before GSM to void our bets on you"
Report aaronh January 17, 2019 6:08 AM GMT
https://twitter.com/Carretero77/status/1085490717215084544?s=19

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Report Do wah Diddy January 17, 2019 7:50 PM GMT
THAT MATCH FIXING CAN BECOME VERY ADDICTIVE ONCE YOU START YOU CANT STOP .ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIKE BUYING NEW CARS AND ROLEX WATCHES AFTER EVERY GAME
Report Do wah Diddy January 17, 2019 8:38 PM GMT
THEY HAVE NO SHAME ONE WAS ON DRAGONS DEN LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO INVEST 250,000 POUNDS  IN HIS PROJECT WITH THE PROMISE OF A 15% RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT AND 6 FREE TENNIS LESSONS PER YEAR FOR LIFE
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