Match Fixing Report Concluded

by Punter's Hero on July 7, 2010

in Latest News, Snooker

Next week the findings of the investigation into the match fixing allegations against John Higgins will be passed on to an independent tribunal. Both John Higgins & Pat Mooney have denied that any offence took place. If either are found guilt then they will face a lengthy ban for snooker.

Hearn did not want to comment on the findings of the investigation, but as chairman of the World Professional Billiard and Snooker Association he stated:

“It’s our duty as the custodians of the sport to firstly educate secondly dissuade and thirdly to punish should the rules be broken.”

An independent dispute resolution service, Sport Resolutions, will be in charge of the investigation which has been carried out by the WPBSA. Higgins and Mooney will have 28 days to state their case prior to a full hearing.

Many feel that the situation needs to be resolved as soon as possible as the allegations have badly damaged the image of snooker. A UK newspaper claims that it had filmed Higgins & Mooney agreeing to deliberately lose frames in return for financial rewards from a Ukraine Businessman.

Higgins camp again reiterated that the match fixing claims made were false.

“John Higgins is completely focused on clearing his name and his legal team will vigorously defend any professional complaint made against him relating to this issue,” he said in a statement.

“We would remind everyone of John’s earlier statement:

‘I have never been involved in any form of snooker match fixing. In my 18 years playing professional snooker, I have never deliberately missed a shot, never mind intentionally lost a frame or a match’.

“John Higgins is unwavering in his commitment to snooker – the sport he loves.”

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