In Spain, Law enforcement officials have arrested 28 professional tennis players in an investigation into match-fixing. According to EU police agency Europol, the players were among 83 people detained by Spain’s Civil Guard.
Europol said, “the suspects bribed professional players to guarantee predetermined results and used the identities of thousands of citizens to bet on the pre-arranged games”.
It said, 97 ITF Futures and Challenger matches were fixed. The arrests follow an investigation into match-fixing by an organized Armenian criminal gang. The arrests included one player who appeared at 2018’s US Open.
EU police agency 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, more than 50 electronic devices, credit cards, 5 luxury vehicles and documentation related to the case.
42 bank accounts have also been frozen. None of the arrested people has been named.
Europol issued a statement according to that, “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”.
It continued, “Once they bribed the players, the Armenian network members attended the matches to ensure that the tennis players fulfilled with what was before agreed, and gave orders to other members of the group to go to the front with the bets placed at national and international level.”
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