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French tennis official banned for life for violations of the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program
French tennis official Morgan Lamri has been banned from the sport for life after being found guilty of multiple offenses under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (Program).
Mr Lamri, 22, was found guilty of charges laid under the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Program, in a case based on the findings of a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation.
The charges for which he has been found guilty and sanctioned are:
16 separate breaches of Section D.1.a of the 2012 and 2013 Programs:
“No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, wager or attempt to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition”
One breach of Section D.1.d of the 2013 Program:
“No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event”
One breach of Section D.1.e of the 2013 Program:
“No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any Player to not use his or her best efforts in any Event”
Breaches of Section D.2.c of the 2013 Program:
“For the avoidance of doubt, (i) a failure of the Reporting Obligation by any Covered Person; and/or (ii) a failure of the duty to co-operate under Section F.2 shall constitute a Corruption Offense for all purposes of the Program.”
Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jane Mulcahy QC considered the case and imposed the sanction.
The lifetime ban applies with immediate effect and means that Mr Lamri is not eligible to officiate, participate in or attend any tournament or competition organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of professional tennis from the date of this statement.
Consistent with the confidentiality of the Anti-Corruption Hearing process, no further details will be made public.
The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP World Tour and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.
* The Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program is the code of conduct under which the charges against Mr Lamri were laid. With effect from 1 January 2014 the regulations were updated and re-named as the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program. A copy can be downloaded above.”
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