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Tennis coach banned for life after being found guilty of 64 offences of match fixing

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Chilean tennis coach Sebastian Rivera has been handed a lifetime ban from the sport after being found guilty of a record-breaking 64 match-fixing offences.

The 36-year-old, who achieved a career-best ranking of 705 during his playing days, was also given a fine in excess of £220,000 by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) after a guilty verdict was reached on Thursday.

Rivera had been provisionally suspended in June while the charges against him were investigated but has since received a life ban from coaching, playing and attending any events sanctioned by the ATP or the sport's other governing bodies.

The news was confirmed on Thursday by the ITIA, who also claimed that Rivera had 'failed to engage meaningfully with the disciplinary process'."The International Tennis Integrity Agency has confirmed that Sebastián Rivera, a Chilean tennis coach and former player, has been banned from the sport for life after being found guilty of 64 match fixing offences, the highest number ever detected for a player by the ITIA or its predecessor the Tennis Integrity Unit," the statement reads."The case was ruled on by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jane Mulcahy QC and in addition to the ban, Rivera has also been fined $250,000.

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