News 12th February 2015

Italian Tennis Federation suspends Bracciali and Starace

The Federazione Italiana Tennis (FIT) has suspended Daniele Bracciali (pictured) and occasional doubles partner Potito Starace for 40 days, after the two were implicated in a match-fixing investigation conducted by Cremona prosecutors. ‘The Federal Court of the FIT, after examining the pleadings submitted by the parties, granted the request of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office and suspended as a precautionary measure from any activity, with immediate effect, Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace’, read an FIT statement. ‘On the basis of the criminal investigation conducted by the prosecutor of Cremona, Bracciali and Starace are suspected to have altered the outcome of some matches in order to generate illegal profits through betting.’

It is understood that the allegations range back to a July 2007 conversation between Bracciali and an accountant, who was arrested in 2011, about fixing a match against Scoville Jenkins. Earlier this week, Cremona prosecutors indicted 130 people after the conclusion of a four-year investigation into match-fixing. The indicted included the Italian football team’s manager, Antonio Conte.

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