Daniel Koellerer life ban appeal for attempted match fixing upheld

Koellerer's appeal against life ban for attempted match fixing is upheld



16:45 GMT, 23 March 2012

Ban upheld: Daniel Koellerer

Ban upheld: Daniel Koellerer

Austrian tennis player Daniel
Koellerer has had his life ban from the sport for attempted match fixing
upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS dismissed the 28-year-old's
appeal to have the sanction overturned after the Anti Corruption Hearing
Officer (AHO) found him guilty last May of attempted match fixing.

Koellerer, who reached a career-high
ranking of 55 in October 2009, has been banned permanently from
participating in any event organised or sanctioned by any of the four
tennis governing bodies ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Committee.

'On the basis of the evidence
submitted by the parties to the CAS, the panel of arbitrators was
satisfied the player attempted to engage in match fixing,' a CAS
statement read.

CAS did, though, set aside the 63,041 fine which had been imposed on the player.

The tennis governing bodies ruled in January last year Koellerer had made invitations to other players to fix matches on five occasions between October 2009 and July 2010.