This guy is a disgrace, all they have done is put some spin on a downright cheat, never to be trusted in a game of snooker again…ever…If they did nothing wrong, why did Manager Mooney get life ban? Why did Higgins get six months and fined 75,000 pounds? What a game fixing farce sport is becoming.Gambling has ruined sport forever…
John Higgins banned for six months – but cleared of match-fixing
• Higgins cleared of most serious charge by tribunal
• Manager Pat Mooney banned from snooker for life
Higgins was suspended in May after the News of the World alleged he and his manager Pat Mooney had agreed at a meeting in Kiev to lose frames in four matches in return for £261,000.
The World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn immediately suspended Higgins and vowed to clean up the sport when the story was published. However, Mooney and Higgins vigorously protested their innocence, claiming they felt intimidated and would have gone along with anything at the meeting to get home.
At the hearing, Higgins admitted “intentionally giving the impression to others that they were agreeing to act in breach of the betting rules” and failing to report the matter to World Snooker.
However, the more serious charges of “agreeing or offering” to accept bribes and “agreeing to engage in corrupt or fraudulent conduct” were withdrawn by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association following the two-day hearing in London.
Higgins, who will also pay £10,000 towards the hearing’s costs, had his six-month ban backdated to May, when his original suspension began.
Mooney, ruled to have placed Higgins in “a highly invidious position” by being “entirely responsible for Mr Higgins’ presence in Kiev”, has been banned from further involvement in snooker for life.
After the hearing, Higgins said in a statement: “I welcome today’s judgment by Sport Resolutions and endorsed by the WPBSA following their exhaustive inquiry into the allegations against me by a tabloid newspaper.
“I am pleased that Sport Resolutions and WPBSA have concluded, after a thorough and fair investigation, that I was not guilty of any dishonesty and had no intention to fix a match and no intention to do anything corrupt.”
He pledged to return to snooker a “stronger person” and added: “I accept the decision to suspend me for six months and impose a fine of £75,000.
“Those who run WPBSA have made it plain that if the sport is to advance it must be above reproach and those of us playing and involved in snooker must be cleaner than clean.
“Those who know me will appreciate that I have tried to encourage and advance snooker. I have tried to be an ambassador for the sport.” what a load of rubbish
He described the past few months as “traumatic” and said: “It has been made all the more hurtful by the knowledge that I never have, and never would, fix a snooker match. I have been sustained by the love and support of my wife, family and friends.”