ITF bans two umpires for life for betting-related offenses

Uzbekistan umpires Sherzod Hasanov and Arkhip Molotyagin have been banned for life after being found guilty of betting-related offenses.

By: AP | London | Published:September 15, 2016 2:21 pm
Czech Republic's Pliskova prepares to serve to Russia's Sharapova during their final match of the Fed Cup tennis tournament in Prague Umpires delayed putting scores into their mobile electronic devices to allow a third party to place bets. (Source: Reuters)

The International Tennis Federation says Uzbekistan umpires Sherzod Hasanov and Arkhip Molotyagin have been banned for life after being found guilty of betting-related offenses.

The ITF said that Hasanov and Molotyagin were found guilty of using a mobile phone to communicate scores of matches which they were officiating to a third party at an ITF Futures event in Tiberias, Israel in September 2015.

It also said the pair delayed putting scores into their mobile electronic devices to allow a third party to place bets on matches in which they were officiating, and manipulated scores by using “fictitious deuce games” while officiating at other ITF Futures events over a seven-month period.

The ITF’s Futures tour is the federation’s lowest competition level and has been identified as a major area of concern for corruption in the sport.