The International Tennis Federation ITF said in a statement that Kazakh official Kirill Parfenov was “decertified for life” in February 2015 after attempting to manipulate the scoring of matches by contacting another official of Facebook.
Croatian Denis Pitner was also given a 12-month ban on August 1 for providing information on the fitness of a player to a coach while a tournament was ongoing and “regularly logging on to a betting account from which bets were placed on tennis matches.”
Both decisions were reached following investigations from the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) as part of the ITF’s Code of Conduct.
In 2014, the TIU issued a life ban to Morgan Lamri following an investigation into gambling and match-fixing claims.
The ITF added on the quartet of unnamed officials: “Four officials are currently suspended pending the completion of ongoing investigations by the TIU.
“In order to ensure no prejudice of any future hearing we cannot publicly disclose the nature or detail of those investigations. Should any official be found guilty of an offence, it will be announced publicly.”
By Taiwo Oyedeji
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