Wed. Feb 20th, 2019

Two Welsh snooker players banned in corruption probe

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Jamie Jones reached the last 16 of the 2018 World Championship

Two Welsh players have been banned from snooker after a corruption inquiry.

Former professional David John will serve a suspension of five years and seven months, while Jamie Jones has been given a one-year ban.

Jones, world number 39 at the time he was charged, was cleared of match-fixing but admitted failing to report a corrupt approach.

He was suspended in October after being accused of being part of a plan to fix a match between John and Graeme Dott.

But a disciplinary panel found that he had not breached the betting rules of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).

Ex-professional John – whose career high ranking was world number 68 – admitted fixing two matches in which his opponents were unaware of the plots.

John was ordered to pay £17,000 costs, while Jones – who can play again in October – must pay £9,000.

Both men’s bans were reduced – John’s from seven years and Jones’ from 16 months – as a result of them admitting the charges.

Jason Ferguson, the WPBSA Chairman said: “In the case of David John, this is a clear message that there is no place for match-fixing in snooker.

“However, this case also highlights the importance of professional sportsman understanding their responsibilities to report anything relating to match-fixing.

“Jamie Jones is a well-respected professional snooker player and I have no doubt that has never fixed the outcome of a match he was involved in. It is a real shame to see that this talented player has fallen foul of failing to report his direct knowledge of an arrangement to fix a match.”

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David John and Jamie Jones: Pair banned after snooker match-fixing investigation

Two Welsh players have been banned from snooker after a corruption inquiry. Former professional David John will serve a suspension of five years and seven months, while Jamie Jones has been given a one-year ban. Jones, world number 39 at the time he was charged, was cleared of match-fixing but admitted failing to report a corrupt approach.

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