TIU bans French line judge for betting

Rocher admitted to making 11 bets on matches between January and October 2019.
Rocher admitted to making 11 bets on matches between January and October 2019.

David Rocher has been fined and banned from professional tennis for 18 months.

UK.- The Tennis Integrity Unit has issued another ban due to betting offences with French line judge David Rocher banned from the sport for 18 months for betting on matches on multiple occasions last year.

Rocher admitted to making 11 bets on matches between January and October 2019. He was also found guilty of failing to cooperate with the TIU’s investigation, a charge he had rejected. 

Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Ian Mill QC found Rocher guilty of breaching section D.1.a of the Tennis Anti-corruption Programme (TACP), which prohibits directly or indirectly wagering on the outcome or any other aspect of tennis matches. 

He has been banned for 18 months from December 6 to February 6 2022. During that period he may not take part in events sanctioned by the tennis governing bodies ATP, WTA or IRF. He has also been fined $5,000, of which $4,000 is suspended.

The TIU has taken action in several cases recently. Last month it gave a lifetime ban to Bulgarian player Aleksandrina Naydenova.

The body appointed a new senior legal director in October as it prepares to rebrand as the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) on 1 January 2021.

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