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Ukrainian brothers given life bans for match fixing

2018 China Open - Day 6

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 04: Andrey Rublev of Russia throw his rackets during his men’s second round match against Fabio Fognini of Italy of 2018 China Open at the China National Tennis Center on October 4, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Di Yin/Getty Images)

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LONDON -- Ukrainian twin brothers Gleb and Vadim Alekseenko have been banned from tennis for life and each fined $250,000 for multiple match-fixing and corrupt betting.

Independent anti-corruption hearing officer Richard McLaren found the brothers guilty on Monday based on an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The 35-year-old brothers committed offences in Romania, Russia, Germany, and Turkey from June 2015 to January 2016, and they solicited a third party to wager on matches in which they contrived the outcome.

Vadim is ranked 1113 in singles and reached a career-best of 497 in June 2014. Gleb is ranked 1724 in singles with a career-high of 609 in May 2011.