Two players punished with bans in corruption case

Tennis Now | @Tennis_Now | Friday, May 10, 2024

The fallout from a criminal case involving a match-fixing ring based in Belgium continues.

Two players were suspended after being found guilty of corruption offences. The International Tennis Integrity Agency announced today.

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Alejandro Mendoza CrespoThe 34-year-old Bolivian, who reached world No. 741 in singles in 2016, was banned for life and fined $250,000 for committing 20 serious offenses under the TACP.

Anti-corruption hearing officer Richard McClaren found that Mendoza “engaged in ongoing corruption” between 2016 and 2018, including instigating corruption offenses by encouraging other players to fix matches for financial gain.

Jorge Panta HerrerosThe 28-year-old Peruvian, ranked No. 447 in the world in singles in 2022, was suspended for three years and fined $10,000 after being found responsible for four serious offenses under the TACP, including fabricating a result . two of his own matches in two years. Pantha's suspension will end at midnight on April 3, 2027.

The bans relate to a recently concluded criminal case involving a match-fixing syndicate in Belgium.

The cooperation of the ITIA and the Belgian authorities led to five years in prison for the leader of the syndicate. Grigor Sargsyan. Five more players associated with this case previously was authorized after failing to respond to ITIA allegations in 2023.

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