28 Tennis Players Arrested in Spain in ‘Armenian Mafia’ Probe

29 tennis players in Spain have been implicated in a match-fixing scheme allegedly run by Armenian organized crime group
29 tennis players in Spain have been implicated in a match-fixing scheme allegedly run by Armenian organized crime group

29 tennis players in Spain have been implicated in a match-fixing scheme allegedly run by Armenian organized crime group

Spanish law enforcement officials have arrested 28 professional tennis players in an investigation into match fixing allegedly spearheaded by an Armenian organized crime gang, the European Union’s police agency Europol announced.

Europol said the players were among 83 people detained by Spain’s civil guard, known as Guardia Civil, among them a tennis player who participated in the U.S. Open last year.

“The suspects bribed professional players to guarantee predetermined results and used the identities of thousands of citizens to bet on the pre-arranged games,” the Guardia Civil said in a statement, adding that 97 International Tennis Federation matches were fixed.

The Guardia Civil said that its search of 11 homes in Spain had resulted in the seizure of 167,000 euros ($192,000) in cash were seized, along with a shotgun, more than 50 electronic devices, credit cards, five luxury vehicles and documentation related to the case.

“A group of Armenian individuals used a professional player who served as the link between them and the other members of the network,” the statement said, adding that 42 bank accounts were also frozen. None of the suspects have been named.

“Once the bribe had been paid, the Armenians headed for the match venues to use their overwhelming muscle to make sure that the player kept their end of the deal. They then gave the order for bets to be laid both nationally and internationally,” added the statement.

The investigation was triggered in 2017 when the international anti-corruption group, the Tennis Integrity Unit, complained about 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.

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  1. State of Emergency said:

    Guess Armenia proper is getting too crowded. Now they’re branching out into international schemes. Only if they use their brilliant minds for the betterment of their nation, rather than to plunder and pillage and to eventually rot in jail.

  2. Krikor said:

    These criminals put our nation to shame. Should be put against the wall. If they are criminals in another country they remain criminals even in our country

  3. Papik said:

    Lets look at the bright side in all this. If this continues, which it will. Maybe we can get Roberto Saviano to produce a t.v. show for us? I even have the perfect title in mind, “Armorrah”

  4. Armond said:

    I think that still running Italian, Irish, Jewish, Russian Mafia’s should teach these amateurs how its done! so they embarrass only themselves and to free anyone that relating these criminals to a nation, after all the big ones(Italian, Irish, Russian, Jewish,etc) are doing the same for 150 years and still going strong underworld,, but we all read this boss’s created Car’s, fashion, and senses of humor of these groups only and sometimes the Pizza! maybe Armenians will change their image soon to professional outlooks

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