|The Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) has announced that the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has banned two of its players, including the nation’s number one, Potito Starace, for betting on matches.|
The FIT announced that Starace, ranked 31st in the world by the ATP, has been banned for six weeks and fined $30,000 for making five bets amounting to a total of around $132 two years ago.
In addition, the FIT stated that Daniele Bracciali, ranked 258th in world by the ATP, has been banned for three months and fined $20,000 for making around 50 bets of about seven dollars each.
The penalties follow the nine-month ban handed out in November to Italian player Alessio Di Mauro, the first tennis professional to be caught in a betting crackdown. Ranked as high as 68th in the world by the ATP, he has since stated his intention to appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration For Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.
'Injustice has been done,' read a statement issued by the FIT.
'As with Alessio Di Mauro, the penalties are absolutely out of proportion with the size of infringements committed by the two players. Obviously, neither bet on their own matches.
'The ATP must have known about the bets made by the players for years but it is only hitting them now to show that it is doing something about the real scandal of matches being fixed for dishonest gamblers.'