TIU imposes life ban on Ukranian twins for match fixing

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TIU imposes life ban on Ukranian twins for match fixing

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SportsCafe Desk

10/16/2018

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has handed Ukranian twin brothers Gleb and Vadim Alekseenko a lifetime ban from professional tennis under the act of multiple match-fixing offences and corrupt betting. Besides the ban, the twins have also been asked to pay off a fine of $250,000 individually to TIU.

Both 35, the twins have been found guilty of offences of the lower lever Futures Tournaments in Romania, Russia, Germany, and Turkey between June 2015 and January 2016. As a result, both of them have been thrown out of the top 1000 position.

Vadim was ranked as high as 497th in the singles and 427th in doubles. He has won 12 Futures titles in doubles between 2008-2018. Meanwhile, Gleb had a singles best rank of 609th winning 10 Futures titles in doubles between 2008-2013.

They both have breached sections of tennis anti-corruption code by dealing with a third party to place a bet on a match in which they contrived the result. Independent anti-corruption hearing officer Richard McLaren found the brothers guilty on Monday based on an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The TIU said, “The findings of guilt and imposition for lifetime suspensions mean that with immediate effect both players are prohibited from playing are attending any sanctioned events organized and recognized by the government bodies of the sport”. 

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