Venezuelan tennis referee Armando Alfonso Belardi Gonzalez, who worked on matches of the US Open, was suspended for two years and six months for not reporting a proposal to become a participant in a corruption scheme, according to the website of the Independent body for combating negative phenomena in tennis (TIU).
As noted in the report, the 40-year-old judge was found guilty of failing to transmit information about two attempts to involve him in a corruption scheme to manipulate the results of matches in 2018.
“Although he did not participate in the scheme, failure to disclose information to the TIU is a corruption offense,” the report said.
The release also notes that Gonzalez did not fully cooperate with the TIU during the investigation.
Gonzalez’s suspension period starts on June 18. Also, the judge was fined $ 5,000 but will pay $ 1,000 if he does not commit future violations of anti-corruption rules.