Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Seville, Spain (4E Sports) – Spanish authorities have arrested 34 people allegedly involved in a syndicate that fixed tennis matches in tournaments held in Spain and Portugal.
Among those arrested were six tennis players and two people believed to have led the match-fixing network in Seville and La Coruña . However, the Spanish police did not name the players.
“These aren’t well-known players,” a police official said, adding that the players are between 800 and 1,200 in the world rankings.
According to police, the arrests were made after investigations that began in 2014, based on a tip from the Tennis Integrity Unit, a group created to fight corruption in the sport.
The TIU is headed by director Nigel Willerton .
In a statement, police said the bets were placed on men’s matches in at least 17 tournaments and yielded profits of more than half a million euros .
The network paid bribes to players to get them to throw matches, using a former tennis player as a middleman to the players involved.
The matches, mostly in Spain, were part of the Futures and Challenger circuits, lower tiers of the men’s pro tour.
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