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Matchfixing Tennis: French tennis players arrested in investigation of Armenian-Belgian gang

The arrests of French tennis players in Bressuire, in western France, part of a study of the Belgian federal public prosecutor’s office to an Armenian-Belgian gang suspected of matchfixing in tennis. That is, in our country, be confirmed in legal circles.

In June, they were by the investigating judge in Oudenaarde all six suspects held on suspicion of corruption, money laundering, forgery and membership of a criminal organisation. It goes to the likely head Grigor S. (27), Artur Y. (30), Lendrush H. (30), Jirair I. (54), Hayg S. (24) and Karen H. (32), all of them of Armenian nationality. Eight persons were, after interrogation in freedom. In total, there are when, during the action in Belgium is set at approximately 250,000 euros were seized. At the request of the Belgian investigating judge was also simultaneously occurred in Germany, France, Bulgaria, Slovakia, the Netherlands and the USA.

The research brought to light that a Armenian-Belgian gang between 2014 and now professional tennis players active would have bribed to match outcomes to control and insider trading to gambling. The defendants have almost all the same profile: no income, no job and financially to the ground. They were given instructions to cash in have to put in bookmakers on foreign sports of the lower classes. They focused on the matches of smaller tournaments from the Futures and Challenger circuit, where usually no cameraopnames.

The sports L’équipe reports that in France, four suspects arrested were. It comes to Jules Okala (21), 381ste in the world rankings in 2016, and Mick Lescure (25), 487ste on the world ranking in 2018. The two players would be short for a match in pre-trial detention are taken. “The two players are suspected to have money received in exchange for the loss of a set at Future tournaments, but also in the Challengers, and between 2015 and the spring of 2018,” writes L’équipe. Also Jérôme Inzerillo (28), 43rd on the French rankings, and Yannick Thivant (31), 590ste in the world in 2012, according to the newspaper were arrested. They were all, after questioning, released back. .

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