Six athletes were banned from any tennis activities for a period of 7.5 to 22.5 years. They will also have to pay heavy fines.
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Six Spanish tennis players have been sanctioned for long periods for their involvement in match-fixing. This was reported on the website of the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA).
The players had previously been convicted in Spain in a larger case related to organized crime, which is still ongoing. All pleaded guilty to corruption and received two-year suspended sentences and fines.
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Mark Fornell Mestres (highest ATP rating is 236), Marse Vidri (562), as well as unranked Carlos Ortega, Jaime Ortega, Marcos Torralbo and Pedro Bernabé Franco, were all sanctioned.
As a result, ITIA disqualified Mestres for 22 years and 6 months and fined him $250,000 (of which $200,000 was conditional). Vidri was suspended for 15 years and fined $15,000, Carlos Ortega – 15 years and $150,000 ($140,000 – conditional), Tarralbo – 15 years and $100,000 ($75,000 – conditional), Franco – 15 years and $100,000 ($75,000 conditional), Jaime Ortega for 7.5 years and $100,000 ($90,000 conditional).
Disqualification means that they are prohibited from playing or attending any tennis event sanctioned by any international governing body or national association. They are also prohibited from training.
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