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Second Brother Banned for Life from Tennis

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Second brother banned for life from tennis

There have been many famous sporting siblings over the years Serena and Venus Williams, and Andy and Jamie Murray in tennis, Bobby and Jack Charlton, and Gary and Phil Neville in football, whilst no fewer than three Barrett brothers currently pull on the famous All-Blacks rugby union jersey for New Zealand.

However, none of these illustrious names can match the achievements of the Hossam brothers of Egypt, after younger brother Yossam joined older sibling Karim in being banned for life from tennis on Monday.

The 21 year old, who reached a career high singes ranking of 291 in the world, had been provisionally suspended last May, but, on Monday, that ban was confirmed on a permanent basis by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIO), with Youssef guilty of 21 separate charges relating to corruption in the sport, between 2015 and 2019.

Eight of those relating to match fixing, six were on charges of facilitating gambling, and a further two were for encouraging otter players not to give of their best during matches. The charge list was rounded out with further accusations of failing to report corruption approaches to the TIU, and also failing to cooperate with their disciplinary investigation.

His older brother Karim was banned for life from the sport in 2018, having been found guilty of committing 16 similar offences in the period between 2013 and 2017.

The case of the two brothers yet again highlights the risk to the integrity of the game from illegal betting syndicates In the lower echelons of the professional game, where the degree of scrutiny is much less than in the major tournaments.

It also comes at a time when the level of reward on offer to lower ranked professionals in the sport has been highlighted by the suspension of the sport due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Forced to scratch a living from what they earn on the court, some players have found the temptation to supplement their meagre income by listening to inducements to fix matches too great to resist.

The Hossam brothers are by no means the first players to be banned for life from the sport for corruption. Sadly, nor are they likely to be the last.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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