Snooker Player Suspended Suspicious Betting Noticed

Published Thursday, May 28, 2015 -
Snooker Player Suspended Suspicious Betting Noticed

There is nothing more contemptible than a cheat that compromises the integrity if a beloved game. Snooker is for many fans a game of skill and a source of tremendous entertainment that contains all the element s for good clean fun. When a player decides to take advantage by match fixing and gets found out severe penalties should be applied.  The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has banned Irish amateur snooker player John Sutton for a total of six years after the player was found guilty of match fixing.

The governing body declared that the offences were connected to suspicious betting patterns on his match against Scotland’s Jamie Burnett. On September 24th, 2014 the suspicious betting patterns were noticed during the qualifying stages of the International Championship in Barnsley at which Burnett took the match 6-0. The WPBSA disciplinary committee in Bristol heard the allegations on March 24th after which Sutton was found in violation of the rules and guilty of fixing the match.

Betting was done by Sutton’s associates from the Terry Rogers Snooker Club in Dublin which were considered disproportionate and suspicious and in considerable excess of all their previous betting history, causing suspicion that they had knowledge of the ultimate outcome of the game. Sutton says he is innocent and maintains that he was unwell during the match claiming  that he has been made a “scapegoat” in this case. Sutton explained to BBC Sport, “The only thing I am guilty of is being an ill-prepared amateur. ”

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson commented on the ruling and the resolve that the organization has to maintain a code of conduct, “We take no pride in having to deal with such serious issues, however this demonstrates our commitment to ensuring all World Snooker events are competed in a fair and honest manner,”




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