A British man facing charges that he illegally relayed information from the Australian Open was allowed to post $9,000 bail Thursday to get his passport back. The man, Daniel Thomas Dobson, promised to return if a judge decided he must face trial for accusations that he violated the state of Victoria's new law against corrupting sports betting. His arrest represents a rare instance of a criminal case involving courtsiding, or the relaying of information about a match faster than it can be transmitted through official channels, which sports officials fear could give bettors a distinct and illegal edge.
Dobson was arrested last week while using a device hidden in his clothing, the police said. They accused him of transmitting scores from a first-round men's match at the Australian Open. A court document released Thursday charged Dobson with "conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome."