Angry Federer warns against match-fixing

Melbourne, Jan. 21: Swiss tennis great Roger Federer Friday warned players not to get involved in match-fixing, as Italian media reported a new investigation.

The world number two said match-fixers angered him as much as dope cheats, as they threatened the sport’s integrity and could turn off fans.

“I think it’s just unacceptable when athletes, players, whatever you want to call it, try to do things like this or play with the integrity of the sport,” he said. “I don’t know if I get more angry or disappointed. It’s just a pity to a game that has given us everything. Why would you want to play with that?”

“You’re not only taking a chance for yourself, but for so many other players to harm the sport. That’s why it’s disappointing to hear those kind of things.” In 2008, Nikolay Davydenko was cleared after a probe into betting on a match he played in Poland.

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