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13th September 2015
The Italian tennis federation (FIT) has disqualified Marco Cecchinato for 18 months and fined him €40,000 for three breaches of its rules regarding betting on matches. It has also sanctioned Riccardo Accardi with a 12 month ban (€20,000 fine) and Antonio Campo with a four month ban (€10,000 fine) for breaches of the same regulations.
The FIT found that Cecchinato had breached Articles 1 and 10 of its rules through three separate offences. As the offences relate to ATP Challenger series events, Cecchinato’s offences are also likely to be investigated by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
The FIT found that Cecchinato had ‘altered, in order to obtain illegal profit, the outcome of his singles match against Kamil Majchrzak at the ATP Challenger Mohammedia [Morocco] 2015’. He was also found to have altered the outcome of a doubles match where he was paired with Luca Vanni against Betov/Elgin during the ATP Challenger Prostejov 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic. ‘During the proceedings, Luca Vanni was challenged only with the violation of Article 1, and he bargained for a fine of €300’, read the FIT statement.
However in the case of Cecchinato, the FIT found that ‘as well as having altered the result of the match, Cecchinato was found guilty of having given confidential information about the upcoming meeting between Andreas Seppi and John Isner at Roland Garros 2015, as well as meeting the player Lorenzo Frigerio on the occasion of an ITF Futures Tournament’.
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