15 arrested as Spanish police move in on tennis match-fixing ring

Spain arrests 83 people including 28 players in fixing probe

The authorities said those arrested include the leaders of an Armenian gambling ring that was dismantled in October.

Spanish police say 28 professional tennis players, including one who participated in last year's US Open, have been linked to an worldwide organised group accused of fixing matches.

The names of those arrested have not yet been disclosed, but it has been widely reported that one player participated in last September's US Open.

The European Sport Security Association has frequented listed tennis as the sport with the most suspicious betting alerts in its reports.

European Union police agency Europol said the players were among 83 people detained by Spain's Civil Guard.

Luxury vehicles, a shotgun, credit cards and 167,000 euros (£151,000) in cash were seized. It wasn't clear if the player who took part in the U.S. Open was among those detained.

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Europol said the investigation began in 2017 after the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) detected a number of irregular betting patterns in matches.

Also, 42 bank accounts and their balances have been frozen.

The criminal group would then use the identities of thousands of citizens to bet on the games.

Europol say at least 97 matches from those tournaments were fixed.

According to BBC, the Civil Guard added that "once they got the bribe, the Armenian members went to the places where the matches were being played to make sure the player went through with what they had agreed, making the most of their imposing size".

Spanish police have made widespread arrests following an investigation into tennis match-fixing by an organised Armenian criminal gang. In the Belgium case, police announced in June the arrest of 13 people in Belgium and said the gang also targeted lower-level tennis matches.

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