28 Professional Tennis Players Investigated In Match-Fixing Scandal: Report

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A large tennis match-fixing ring has reportedly been busted after Spanish police arrested 15 individuals and investigated 68 extra, together with 28 skilled tennis gamers, as a part of a large-scale investigation.

According to reports, one of many gamers beneath investigation competed finally 12 months's US Open.

EU police company Europol report that 11 home searches had been carried out in Spain during which 167,000 euros (roughly $192,000) in money have been seized, together with a shotgun. Additionally, greater than 50 digital units, bank cards, 5 luxurious automobiles and documentation associated to the case have been additionally seized and forty-two financial institution accounts have additionally been frozen.

"The suspects bribed skilled gamers to ensure predetermined outcomes and used the identities of hundreds of residents to guess on the pre-arranged video games," Europol mentioned in a press release.

"A felony group of Armenian people used knowledgeable tennis participant, who acted because the hyperlink between the gang and the remainder of the felony group."

According to BBC, the Civil Guard added that "as soon as they obtained the bribe, the Armenian members went to the locations the place the matches have been being performed to ensure the participant went via with what they'd agreed, profiting from their imposing dimension".

The match-fixing group had reportedly been working since at the very least February 2017, whereas Europol mentioned at the very least 97 ITF Futures and Challenger matches had been fastened.