Gambling company to sue French Open tennis organisers

Austrian-based online gambling company Bwin is set to sue the organisers of the French Open for slander after the organisers attempted to sue gambling companies for offering bets at the event.

"Following claims by the French tennis federation that services offered by online sports betting operators present a danger to the ethics of sport, Bwin is suing the organizers of the French Open for damages before a Paris court”,  Bwin said in a statement issued earlier this week.

Organisers also claim that betting is tainting the reputation of the tournament. Bwin are seeking €1 million in damages.

The French tennis federation are also suing Betfair and Ladbrokes and are seeking approval of a fine of €50,000 a day for any violations.

However, if there were to be any instances of corruption or fraud at the event, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) believe that gambling companies would be hurt just as much.

"Any match-fixing would penalize bookmakers severely as they take financial risk when setting odds for all sporting events," EGBA said in a statement.

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