As It Happens

Former investigator says he 'raised concerns' about tennis match-fixing

Paul Scotney gave the Association of Tennis Professionals evidence that suggested top matches may have been fixed, but the confidential investigation was shelved.
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An investigation by Buzzfeed News and the BBC has revealed that widespread match-fixing has been suspected for years, at the very top levels of tennis. 

Paul Scotney is a former detective who conducted an investigation into match-fixing in 2008. He submitted evidence to the Association of Tennis Professionals at the time, but says it was never followed-up on.

"We expected things to happen but it didn't," he tells As It Happens host Carol Off. "A few years ago we raised our concerns, and now clearly they have not been dealt with in the right way."

Paul Scotney is a former detective who helped conduct a 2007 investigation into match fixing in tennis. (sports integrity services)

Scotney's once-confidential report was leaked to Buzzfeed News and the BBC. Today, it's causing outrage in the sport, and among fans. 

His investigation looked at suspicious patterns of bets, in which the player heavily favoured to win, was instead bet on to lose. 

"You can tell by the betting that something is wrong with that event," he says.

Scotney says match-fixing is still going on at the highest levels of tennis.

"It's never a good thing to see a sport suffering. But sometimes those things need to happen for a sport to realize it has to do something," he says. 

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