Tennis Umpire Suspended for Corruption Charges

This week the International Tennis Integrity Association announced a six-year ban for Heriberto Morales Churata after the Bolivian chair umpire was charged with corruption.

The umpire is accused of manipulating scores for betting purposes by incorrectly entering scores into a device during various ITF World Tennis Tour events in 2021 and 2022.

Morales Churata was found guilty of violating Section D.1.b of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program, for facilitating other people to bet on an event. He was also found guilty of violating Section D.2.b.i, which requires those who suspect corruption to report it to authorities as soon as possible. Section D.2.b.ii was another violation, which requires those who suspect corruption to inform the ITIA at the earliest chance. The biggest breach was Section D.1.m, which prohibits any individual from manipulating the outcome or data from an event. The umpire was charged with five breaches of each offense.

The suspension was backdated to begin on December 8th, 2022 and will run through December 7th, 2028. He will have to pay a $10,000 fine, and cannot participate or attend any tennis matches that have any sort of regulatory body during that time. It is unknown whether or not he's facing any legal action for his corruption.

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26 May 2023 - 12:56pm

I wonder how this works. I mean the outcome is known, but is he triggering like faults or something in the scorekeeping app?

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