Ukrainian twins banned for life for match-fixing

UKRAINIAN twin brothers Gleb and Vadim Alekseenko have been banned from tennis for life and fined $250,000 each for “multiple match-fixing offences”, the Tennis Integrity Unit said on Monday.

The 35-year-olds, who are both ranked outside the top-1000 in the world, were found guilty of the offences at lower level Futures tournaments in Romania, Russia, Germany and Turkey between June 2015 and January 2016.

The brothers were found to have breached sections of the tennis anti-corruption code that deals with soliciting a third-party to place a bet on matches in which they then contrived the outcome.

“The findings of guilt and imposition of the lifetime suspensions means that with immediate effect both players are prohibited from playing in or attending any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport,” the TIU said in a statement.

Though, there have been murmurs of match fixing in tennis earlier as well but none have convicted like this before. Novak Djokovic revealed, in 2007, he was approached and offered about $200,000 to lose a first-round match.

He said that he did not attend the tournament and never considered taking the offer. Earlier too, there had been reports that there is involvement of top ranked tennis players from around the world in match fixing but the authorities have been ignoring such evidence.

Reuters

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