Cecchinato banned for match-fixing

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Italian tennis player Marco Cecchinato has been banned for 18 months and fined 40,000 euros for match-fixing, the Italian tennis federation confirmed.

The 23-year-old, ranked 143rd in the world, was found guilty of altering the outcome of his match against Kamil Majchrzak at an ATP Challenger event in Morocco last October.

Fellow Italian tennis professionals Riccardo Accardi and Antonio Campo have also been fined and banned for a similar offence.

Accardi was given a 12-month ban while Campo was suspended for four months.

Cecchinato can appeal the ban, but if he is unsuccessful he will not be eligible to play tennis again until January 17, 2018.
"Cecchinato has altered… the results of his singles tennis match against Kamil Majchrzak at the ATP Challenger in Mohammedia in 2015, as well as his doubles match, played with Luca Vanni against Betov-Elgin, in the ATP Challenger in Prostejov, also in 2015," the Italian tennis federation said in a statement.

"In addition to altering the results of those matches, Cecchinato was found guilty of giving confidential information about the upcoming match between Andreas Seppi and John Isner at the 2015 Roland Garros, and on a match of player Lorenzo Frigerio on the occasion of a Future ITF tournament."