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Koellerer’s Life Ban for Trying to Fix Tennis Matches Is Upheld

Austrian tennis player Daniel Koellerer’s life ban for attempted match-fixing was upheld by sport’s highest court, although his $100,000 fine was set aside.

The player, once ranked no. 55 in the world, was banned and fined in May 2011 for making “invitations to other tennis players to fix matches on five occasions between Oct. 24, 2009 and July 3, 2010,” the Court of Arbitration for Sport said today in an e-mailed statement. He appealed in June.

“The CAS panel confirmed the life ban, acknowledging that the sanction was sufficiently high enough to reflect the seriousness of the corruption offences, but set aside the decision of the anti-corruption hearing officer with respect to the imposition of a fine of $100,000, considering, in particular, that the player did not benefit financially from any of the charges for which he has been found liable,” CAS said in the statement.

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