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ITIA Issues 16-Year Ban to Tennis Official for Betting Breaches

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The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), the sports regulator, has announced the 16-year suspension of a Bulgarian tennis official, Stefan Milanov, for multiple corruption and betting breaches. This is the latest suspension as the tennis monitoring organization gets to grips with betting breaches by players and coaches within the game.

In details of the hearing, Milanov broke the rules of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) and was charged with 17 breaches of the guidelines. Milanov faced five charges of attempting to influence a tennis match, as well as trying to manipulate the scoring of a tennis game. Other charges were five breaches of the corruption rules and two counts of failing to cooperate with the ITIA investigation.

The case was heard by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Amani Khalifa, and Milanov offered no response to the charges. This led to the AHO handing out a 16-year suspension to the Bulgarian official and a fine of $75,000. Milanov was suspended for betting breaches in 2022 and served a six-month sentence, and this latest suspension will run until December 2039.

During the suspension, Milanov is prohibited from officiating at or attending any tennis event authorized or sanctioned by the members of the or any national association. The ITIA is an independent body established by its tennis members to promote, encourage, enhance, and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.


ITIA Ban Player in Another Recent Suspension

This ban from the ITIA comes shortly after the tennis regulator banned a player for betting irregularities. French tennis player Leny Mitjana was banned for ten years by the ITIA and also handed a fine of $20,000.

The case was heard by AHO Phillipe Cavaliers and related to match-fixing offenses in 2017 and 2018. Mitjana, who reached a world ranking high of 458, pleaded not guilty, but the AHO found he had fixed multiple matches during this period as part of a match-fixing syndicate.

AHO Cavalieros found Mitjana liable for breaches of sections D.1.b, D.1.d, D.1.e and D.2.a.i of the TACP, which include the facilitation of wagering, contriving the outcome of matches, influencing other players not to use their best efforts in matches, and failing to report corrupt approaches.


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