Authorities issue lengthy match-fixing bans in tennis, football

Bans have been handed out to Spanish tennis player Guillermo Olaso and several football players and officials in Malaysia as the sporting world continues to fight match-fixing.

Olaso, who is currently ranked 236th in the world, has been handed a five-year ban from the game and fined £15,300 (€18,286/$25,039) by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) anti-corruption authority. The TIU said that Olaso had been found guilty of “contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any event”. Olaso has also been punished for failing to report approaches to give information or influence any aspect of a tennis match.

“Olaso is not eligible to participate in any tournament or competition organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of professional tennis,” the TIU said in a statement. The TIU added that the incidents occurred in 2010 but did not specify what matches the charges relate to. Olaso will avoid the final 18 months of his ban if he has repaid the fine by that time and has attended anti-corruption and rehabilitation courses.

Elsewhere, Malaysian authorities have issued lifetime bans to five players and three staff from the Kuala Lumpur Football Association for match-fixing in domestic football.

Lifetime bans were handed out to former manager Stanislav Lieskovsky as well as assistant manager Rosli Omar and team official Shaari Jani. The five players that were handed bans were named by local media as Khairul Anuar, Jeremy Danker, Phoo Kai Lun, Hafizi Roslee and Fadhulah Yunsiar.

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