A tennis referee has been suspended for life for outrageous cheating.
The Dominican official was found guilty of manipulating the score of matches in 2019 as part of a gambling scandal.
And now the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has imposed a permanent suspension on him.
Fabian Carrero committed 16 offences tennis’ anti-corruption program during eight matches in ITF tournaments to be held in the Dominican Republic in November and December 2019.
Chair umpire Carrero cheated the match score into a handheld device to facilitate guaranteed bets on specific points, the ITIA said in a statement.
He had been suspended since March last year while the case was pending.
Now he will never again be allowed to perform or attend events organized by tennis boards.
The clauses Carrero breached include: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, conceive, attempt to conceive, agree to conceive, or conspire to conceive, directly or indirectly, the outcome or any other aspect of any Event .”
And clause D.2.bi adds: “In the event that a related person or a tournament support person is contacted by a person who offers or provides any form of money, advantage or consideration to a related person or tournament support person to (i) influence or attempt to influence the outcome of any aspect of an Event, or (ii) provide inside information, it is the duty of the Connected Person or the Tournament Supporter to report any such incident to TIU [now ITIA] as soon as possible.”
Based at the LTA’s headquarters in Roehampton, the ITIA was established in 2021 to safeguard the sport.
All four Grand Slams, the ATP, WTA and ITF came together to fund the agency with a view to eradicating corruption and doping.
British doubles player Tara Moore was suspended by the ITIA last June for two alleged anti-doping drug testing violations.
And former Wimbledon champion Simona Halep was also suspended when the illegal substance Roxadustat was discovered in Romanian.
Halep’s suspension was the most severe high-profile drug bust in top tennis since Maria Sharapova was banned from the sport for 15 months because he tested positive for meldonium.
Halep said in a Twitter statement in October, “Today begins the hardest match of my life. A fight for the truth.
“Throughout my entire career, the idea of cheating has never crossed my mind because it totally goes against all the values I was raised with.
“Facing such an unfair situation, I felt completely confused and betrayed.
“I will fight to the end to prove that I have never knowingly used a banned substance and I am confident that sooner or later the truth will come out.”