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Tennis Umpire Handed 12 Year Suspension Over Corruption Charges

Cai Parry
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Bolivian tennis official, Percy Flores, has been handed a 12-year suspension for a series of corruption charges, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has announced.

Percy Flores, a white badge tennis umpire, has been suspended from the sport for 12-years by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) after breaching the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP).

Along with the lengthy ban, the Bolivian was fined $15,000 by the ITIA.

It is reported that Flores had breached the rules on 31 occasions between November 2021 and October 2022, in which time he routinely manipulated the scores of matches for betting purposes by entering the wrong score in the umpire’s handheld device at ITF World Tennis Tour events, as well as soliciting another match official to engage in corrupt conduct.

Flores did not contest the charges and has had his suspension backdated to 8 December 2022, however the ITIA have reduced the ban by three years due to mitigating circumstances such as early admission of charges.

Due to this, the suspension will run until 7 December 2034, meaning Flores will not be able to officiate or attend any tennis event authorised by the sport’s governing body.

Following Flores’ lengthy ban, the ITIA issued a statement reaffirming the importance of adhering to the rules that are put in place to protect everyone involved in the sport.

“These rules are there to protect everyone in sport and outline how people must report any corrupt approach and list all offences in the program including match fixing, courtsiding and other corrupt activities.”

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Cai Parry
Cai Parry

Cai Parry is a sports writer that has experience working for Nottingham Forest FC, Burton Albion FC, and the Football Association of Wales. Since the 2019/20 season, Cai has been an accredited football journalist in the Cymru Premier, creating matchday content for the likes of Y Clwb Pêl-Droed and welshfootie. Cai has also recently graduated from the University of Derby with a degree in Football Journalism (BA Hons).