Police said they dismantled a criminal network run by an Armenian gang fixing professional matches. Pro tennis players were at the heart of it.
Spanish police 15 people, including some professional tennis players and the suspected leaders of the criminal organization, involved in "manipulation of professional tennis competitions," Europol said in a statement on Thursday. An additional 68 people are under investigation.
Professional tennis' anti-corruption body last year complained about irregular activities at games, including prearranged matches, at the lower-tier ITF Futures and Challenger tournaments.
"Our officers have proved the group had been operating since February 2017 and estimate that they had earned millions of euros through the operation," Spain's Civil Guard said in a statement.
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Europol provided support, including sending three experts to Spain to provide "on-the-spot assistance including real-time cross-checks, IT forensic support and data analysis during the operation."
ls/msh (AP, Reuters)