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Two Armenian citizens involved in Spain match-fixing case -MFA
2019-01-11 18:28:47

Marlena Hovsepyan
Public Radio of Armenia

Two Armenian citizens are involved in the tennis match-fixing case in Spain, Spokesperson for the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anna Naghdalyan said in comments to Public Radio of Armenia.

“The Armenian Embassy in Spain is closely following all developments related to Armenian citizens and is in close cooperation with the relevant local authorities,” Naghdalyan said.

Law enforcement officials in Spain arrested 28 professional tennis players in an investigation into match-fixing, EU police agency Europol said Friday.

The arrests, which included one player who appeared at last year's US Open, follow an investigation into match-fixing by an organized Armenian criminal gang. Europol said the players were among 83 people detained by Spain's Civil Guard.

"The suspects bribed professional players to guarantee predetermined results and used the identities of thousands of citizens to bet on the pre-arranged games," Europol said.

Europol said 11 house searches had been carried out in Spain in which 167,000 euros in cash were seized, along with a shotgun, more than 50 electronic devices, credit cards, five luxury vehicles and documentation related to the case.

The investigation was triggered in 2017 when the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) denounced irregular activities related to pre-arranged matches in the ITF Futures and Challenger tournaments.

The suspects bribed professional players to guarantee predetermined results and used the identities of thousands of citizens to bet on the pre-arranged games.