Uzbek player Ismailov banned for seven years

Uzbekistan player Temur Ismailov has been banned for seven years for match fixing

Temur Ismailov has been banned for seven years

Uzbekistan player Temur Ismailov has been banned for seven years (with two suspended) and fined $12,000 after a Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation found he had breached the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) rules on several occasions relating to match fixing.

The disciplinary case was heard by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Janie Soublière.

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The TIU announced on Tuesday that the 25-year-old Ismailov, who has a career high-ranking of 756, admitted to being involved in match fixing on three occasions in 2014, 2015 and 2019.

The subsequent sanction means that from 18 December 2020, the player is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis for seven years.

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The period of Ineligibility will continue until such time as the fine is paid in full.

The breach of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme that Ismailov has been found guilty of is:

D.1.d of the 2014 TACP: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any event.”

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Ismailov is the second player to be banned for fixing matches in as many days.

On Monday, Egyptian tennis player Mostafa Hatem has been handed a three-year ban from the sport.

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Hatem admitted to two breaches of the TACP rules and in addition to the ban, a year of which is suspended, he has also been given a suspended fine of $3,000.