Austrian Tennis Pro Banned For Life For Match Fixing Attempts

Published Thursday, June 02, 2011 -

Daniel Koellerer, an Austrian Tennis Professional has been banned from the sport for life for match fixing. The former pro started his career in 2002 and was nicknamed "Crazy Dani" for his controversial behaviour while on court, he achieved his career high ranking of number 55 in 2009.

Köllerer was accused of racism by Brazilian tennis player Julio Silva, who filed charges against him after a match on the  ATP Challenger Tour at Reggio Emilia, in Italy, on June 2010. Silva accused Köllerer of calling him "monkey" and telling him to "go back to the jungle", imitating monkey movements.
Köllerer has also had problems with other players. Stefan Koubek was disqualified from an Austrian league match after grabbing Daniel Köllerer by the throat during a changeover. Koubek said Köllerer insulted him during the match. "I'm man enough not to let myself be insulted, especially not by him," Koubek was reported as saying by the Austrian Times.
In 2006, the ATP fined and suspended Köllerer for six months for bad behavior. Finally, in 2011, Köllerer was banned for life for match fixing and was fined $100,000 USD by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The 27-year-old has had the Tennis Integrity Unit make an example of him for his arrogant and dishonest conduct, much to the delight of tennis fans who are tired of the match fixing attempts during competitions.
The Tennis Integrity Unit commented in a press release, “The life ban applies with immediate effect, and means that Mr. Koellerer is not eligible to participate in any tournament or competition organized or sanctioned by the governing bodies of professional tennis from the date of this statement,”

The charges against Koellerer included, contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an event, soliciting or facilitating a player not to use his or her best efforts in an event and soliciting, offering or providing money, benefit or consideration to any other covered person with the intention of negatively influencing a player’s best efforts in any event. Other details were not divulged by the Tennis Integrity Unit.


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