Fourth Italian slapped with ban for betting

Other News Materials 19 February 2008 01:52 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - The ATP flexed its disciplinary muscles on Monday, banning a fourth Italian player for wagering on matches.

Giorgio Galimberti, a journeyman whose ranking stands outside the top 100, joined compatriots Potito Starace, Daniele Bracciali and Alessio Di Mauro in becoming poster children for anti-corruption war being waged by the men's sanctioning body.

Starace just returned this week after serving his sanction for betting on matches not involving himself.

An ATP statement said that Galimberti, 31, had wagered on tennis matches from June, 2003 through January, 2006.

An independent anti-corruption official handed Galimberti a 100- day suspension and hammered him with a 35,000-dollar fine.