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Tennis player handed life ban for match-fixing

Tuesday September 10 2019

Brazil's Diego Matos was given a life ban from professional tennis and fined Sh 12.9 million ($125,000) after being found guilty of match-fixing on September 10. 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

Brazil's Diego Matos was given a life ban from professional tennis and fined Sh 12.9 million ($125,000) after being found guilty of match-fixing on September 10. 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY  

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Brazil's Diego Matos was given a life ban from professional tennis and fined Sh 12.9 million ($125,000) after being found guilty of match-fixing on Monday.

An anti-corruption hearing found Matos contrived the outcome of 10 matches played in 2018 at ITF level tournaments in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Portugal and Spain.

The 31-year-old was also found guilty of not cooperating with a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation as he refused to comply fully with requests to provide his mobile phone for forensic examination and failed to supply financial records.

Matos has been ordered to repay Sh1.2 million ($12,000) he received from tournaments in Ecuador.

He had been provisionally suspended from tennis since December 2018.

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He is currently ranked 373 in doubles, with a highest singles ranking of 580 in April 2012.

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