Spain arrests 83 people, including 28 players, in fixing probe

Spain arrests 83 people, including 28 players, in fixing probe

Their identity has not been revealed.

Some €167,000 (£151,000) in cash was seized along with a shotgun, more than 50 electronic devices, five luxury cars, credit cards and documents relating to the case in police raids on 11 properties.

A massive tennis match-fixing ring has reportedly been busted after Spanish police arrested 15 people and investigated 68 more, including 28 professional tennis players, as part of a large-scale investigation.

Authorities said the players tainted results after taking bribes from an Armenian ring that was dismantled in October.

The investigation, codenamed Operation Bitures, started in 2017 when the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) an global anti-corruption body, made a complaint about a Spanish tennis player, who has not been named.

No other names were immediately disclosed by authorities.

Fornell-Mestres was ranked 1007th in singles and 772th in doubles at the end of 2018.

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

Also, 42 bank accounts and their balances have 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", the Guardia Civil said in a statement, adding that 97 International Tennis Federation matches were fixed.

It was a warning by the Tennis Integrity Unit in 2017 that prompted Spanish authorities to begin their investigation.

A total of 83 people have been implicated 28 of them are professional tennis players playing in the ITF Futures and Challenger categories.

Spanish police have made widespread arrests following an investigation into tennis match-fixing by an organised Armenian criminal gang.

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