Pro players among 83 arrested by Spanish police in tennis match-fixing probe

A player who competed in last year's US Open is among the 28 professionals arrested by Spanish police in a match-fixing probe.

Europol has alleged that a group of Armenians used one unnamed professional player as a link between them and the rest of the group.   -  Getty Images

Spanish police have arrested 83 people, including 28 professional tennis players, and "dismantled" an organised crime group following an investigation into alleged match-fixing.

A player who competed in last year's US Open is among those to have been investigated, in a probe which was triggered when the Tennis Integrity Unit denounced irregular activities related to lower-tier ITF Futures and ATP Challenger matches.

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Fifteen of the 83 people involved, "including the heads of the organisation", were detained, Spain's Civil Guard revealed in a statement.

Europol has alleged that a group of Armenians used one unnamed professional player as a link between them and the rest of the group.

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Individuals allegedly used the identities of thousands of citizens to bet on matches, having bribed professional players to guarantee predetermined results.

Eleven houses were searched in Spain, with €167,000 of cash seized along with a shotgun, 50 electronic devices, credit cards, five luxury vehicles and documentation related to the case.

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