Thursday, 27 August 2009

snooker players arrested on match-fixing allegations

About time something was done on this one. As posted here last year, something was very fishy with this match - people don't go out of their way to be betting on correct frame score unless something is up.

Duo detained by police

Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett have been detained by police looking into alleged irregular betting patterns during a UK Championship match.

Both were helping Strathclyde Police with their inquiries in connection with the outcome of the game in Telford on December 15 last year.

A Strathclyde Police spokesman said: "Our economic crime unit can confirm that two men, aged 28 and 33, have been detained and are assisting Strathclyde Police with their inquiries into the alleged irregular betting pattern associated with the snooker match involving Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett."

The first-round match, which was subject to investigations by World Snooker and the Gambling Commission, was won 9-3 by Maguire.



The problem is, with allegations like these, things have to happen faster than eight months later. I understand that legal cases take time to prepare but punters lose out, the image of the sport loses out and perhaps, occasionally the players aren't to blame, but would be hung out to dry for many months.

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