Two umpires banned, four investigated over corruption
The International Tennis Federation has revealed that Kirill Parfenov and Denis Pitner received bans last year for improper conduct.
Two tennis umpires were banned last year, one for life, for breaches of the sport's code of conduct for officials, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Tuesday.
Four other umpires are under investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), the London-based world ruling body for the sport said in a statement. In January, tennis was rocked by a report by the BBC and online BuzzFeed News that said 16 players who have been ranked in the top 50 had been repeatedly flagged to the TIU over suspicions they had thrown matches in the past decade.
Tennis authorities rejected allegations that evidence of match-fixing had been suppressed or had not been properly investigated. Kazakhstan's Kirill Parfenov was banned for life last February for contacting another official on Facebook in an attempt to manipulate the scoring of matches.
Croatian Denis Pitner was suspended in August for 12 months after sending information about a player to a coach during a tournament and regularly logging on to a betting account from which bets were placed on tennis matches.
Explaining why the suspensions had not been disclosed earlier, the ITF said that previously its Code of Conduct did not require officials sanctioned to be named.
International Tennis Federation confirms it has issued a lifetime ban to one umpire and sanctioned two others over corruption allegations — Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) February 9, 2016