Murray happy after meeting ATP over corruption claims

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MADRID, Oct 17 (Reuters) British number one Andy Murray said he was satisfied after a meeting with ATP investigators today about his recent comments over possible corruption in tennis.

''I didn't tell them anything new,'' he told reporters at the Madrid Masters. ''They weren't really gathering information, they were just finding out exactly what happened, so I explained it to them.

''I don't know anything new, if I did it would have been a different story.'' Asked if the ATP were going to take any further action, Murray replied: ''They've already said in the press that they were going to start up an anti-corruption unit.'' Earlier this month Murray added fuel to reports about possible corruption in tennis when he was quoted as telling the BBC that he was aware that matches on the ATP Tour were being thrown.

He later played down the comments saying that they had been taken out of context.

''I don't think what I said is as big an issue as it's been made out to be,'' Murray told a news conference on Sunday.

''I never said once that players fixed matches, and that players were involved directly in betting on matches.

''I did say that there was a lot of betting in tennis and everybody knows that betting within tennis is going on. Three or four of the players have said that they have been offered (money for) matches.

''I definitely said that that stuff goes on but whether the players are accepting the money or not... nobody's been guilty, but until they have, you don't know that tennis matches have been fixed.'' Last month little-known Belgian Gilles Elseneer said he was offered 142,100 dollars to throw a first-round Wimbledon match in 2005 but the authorities were not aware of this incident until it hit the headlines last month.

In response the ATP has said players would have 48 hours to tell them if they were approached to throw a match or risk punishment if they failed to do so.

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