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36 people have been arrested by Spanish authorities in connection with match fixing.

Six tennis players have been arrested over suspicion of match fixing

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Spanish police have arrested 34 people in connection with a suspected match-fixing ring in Spain and Portugal, according to the BBC.

The Spanish Interior Ministry said that of the 34 arrested, six were tennis players but have not identified anyone publicly at this point.

The accused are thought to have arranged the loss of tennis games in at least 17 events and Spanish authorities have claimed that the earnings from the match-fixing amount to over €500,000 (£420,420).

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A spokesperson for the police told the AFP news agency that several players had been offered between €500 (£419) to €1,000 (£837) to deliberately lose matches, adding that sometimes the players didn’t even receive the amount they had initially agreed on:

"Sometimes they promised €500 and in the end only paid €50. The players were above all the victims."

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The tennis players involved in the arrests are all said to be ranked outside the top 800 in the world, however, this is yet more worrying news for a sport which seems to be ripe with corruption.

At the beginning of this year, a joint investigation by the BBC and Buzzfeed found that betting syndicates in Russia, Italy and Sicily had made large sums of money gambling on tennis matches that match investigators had suspected to be fixed.

Three of the matches in question had taken place at Wimbledon.

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The investigation also found that 16 players who had been ranked within the top 50 over the last decade had repeatedly been flagged by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TUI) over suspicion that they had intentionally lost matches.

Concerns

All of the players in question, which included Grand Slam Winners, were able to carry on competing.

Concerns over the level of match-fixing taking place in tennis continues to grow, as the TUI reported that they had received 48 alerts for suspicious betting activity on tennis games in the first quarter of 2016 alone, and 96 alerts from July to September this year.

World number one Andy Murray has been vocal over his concerns of corruption in the sport stating:

“I don’t care whether [the authorities] are seen to be doing enough; I care whether they are doing enough”.

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US Open Tennis
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
French Open
Roger Federer
Wimbledon
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Andy Murray

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