Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Spanish tennis player Samuel Ribeiro Navarrete has been suspended for eight months and fined US$1,000 after being found guilty of betting-related corruption offences. Four months of the period of ineligibility will be suspended on condition that the player commits no further breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (Program).
A Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation found that the player held an online betting account, through which 28 bets were placed on tennis between January 2013 and March 2013. None of the bets related to matches in which he played.
The Program explicitly prohibits all players and other ‘Covered Persons’ from betting on any professional tennis match, at anytime, anywhere in the world. The case was considered and penalty imposed by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO), Jane Mulcahy QC.
Mr Navarrete, 24, has a career-high singles ranking of 723 reached in July 2016. The suspension applies with immediate effect and means that he is excluded from competing in, or attending, any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport, for the duration of the sanction.
The offence for which he has been disciplined falls under Section D.1.a of the Program:
‘D.1.a. No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, wager or attempt to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition’.
The full AHO decision in this case will be published in due course on the TIU website (www.tennisintegrityunit.com). Content may be redacted to maintain the confidentiality of witnesses or events that may be related to ongoing and associated cases. The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to all forms of betting-related corruption in tennis.
• This media release was originally published by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) on 3 October 2017. To access the original, please click here.
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