The police official in Spain has arrested 15 people in an investigation into tennis embarkation of an Armenian criminal gang.…
The police official in Spain has arrested 15 people in an investigation into tennis embarkation of an Armenian criminal gang.
Spain’s Civil Guard said 83 people were involved, among them 28 players from ITF Futures and Challenger tours.
One of the players competed at last year’s US Open, it said.
EU police agency Europol said that 11 house searches had been carried out in Spain, with EUR 167,000 (£ 151,000) being seized in cash along with a shotgun.
It added that more than 50 electronic devices, credit cards, five luxury cars and case documentation were also seized.
In addition, forty five bank accounts have been frozen.
“The suspects mocked professional players to guarantee predetermined results and used the identity of thousands of citizens to bet on the pre-set games,” Europol said in a statement.
“A criminal group of Armenian individuals used a professional tennis player acting as the link between the gang and the rest of the criminal group.” to ensure that the player went through what they had agreed upon and exploited their impressive size. “” Fifteen people have been detained, among them the organisation’s leaders, and 68 others have been investigated. “
None of The investigated
Civil Child said the organization had existed since at least February 201
7, while Europol said at least 97 ITF Futures and Challenger matches had been established.
The survey started in 2017 after the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) became concerned about “irregular activities” in connection with preset matches in the tournaments, Europol added.
A joint BBC and BuzzFeed News survey revealed suspected illegal betting on tennis games in January 2016.
That month, a final report on corruption in tennis by the Independent Review Panel said that there should be no streaming or scoring data provided; at the lowest level of professional tennis.
ITF Futures and Challenger tournaments are under the top spot ATP and WTA Tours.
The International Tennis Association estimates that there are 14,000 players trying to live off the sport, half of which do not make any money at all.