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Two umpires have been disciplined and four more have been suspended as a result of investigations into corruption by the Tennis Integrity Unit. The umpires are believed to have been officiating on the lower-tier International Tennis Federation circuits rather than on the main men’s and women’s tours.
The ITF said that a Croatian umpire, Denis Pitner, had been suspended for 12 months in August for “sending information on the physical well-being of a player to a coach during a tournament” and for “regularly logging on to a betting account from which bets were placed on tennis matches”.
Kirill Parfenov, of Kazakhstan, was effectively banned for life last February “for contacting another official on Facebook in an attempt to manipulate the scoring of matches”.
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