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Argentinian in betting probe accuses ATP of scare tactics

16 January 2008

USTRALIA -- As reported by The Guardian: "One of the players at the centre of the ATP Tour's inquiry into match-fixing has accused the governing body of men's tennis of 'political terrorism' and using scare tactics to get players to cooperate.

"Martín Vassallo Argüello, of Argentina, came under scrutiny after the online bookmakers Betfair spotted suspicious betting patterns on its website during his three-set win over Nikolay Davydenko at the Sopot Open last August. The Argentinian's name also features a further eight times in a dossier of matches that bookmakers consider worthy of further investigation.

"Concerns over match-fixing in men's tennis were heightened in the autumn when a succession of players said they had been asked to throw matches, prompting the ATP Tour to rule that players must report any suspicious behaviour within 48 hours or face punishment.

"...Vassallo Argüello is still waiting for the results of the ATP Tour's investigation, though he insists there is nothing untoward about any of his matches, including those in the bookmakers' dossier..."

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