Jamie Jones: Player cleared of match-fixing but breached snooker’s rules

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Jamie Jones: Player cleared of match-fixing but breached snooker’s rules
Jamie Jones reached the last 16 of the 2018 World Championship

Snooker player Jamie Jones has been cleared of match-fixing but admitted failing to report a corrupt approach.

The Welshman, 30, was suspended in October after being accused of being part of a plan to fix a match between David John and Graeme Dott in 2016.

But a disciplinary panel found that he had not breached the betting rules.

Ex-professional John admitted fixing two matches in which his opponents were unaware of the plots. John and Jones will be sanctioned at a later date.

Jones, the world number 39 at the time of his suspension, admitted failing to report an approach to his compatriot John to fix the match against Dott.

“The committee considered this to be an extremely serious matter in itself, particularly in the context of the responsibility of a professional player to ensure as far as possible the integrity of the game,” said a statement from the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.

However, he was cleared of more serious charges under the organisation’s betting rules.

He could still face a suspension but his punishment is unlikely to be as severe as John’s, who fixed a 2017 match against Joe Perry, in addition to the Dott match. There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by his opponents.

The verdicts follow one of the biggest corruption cases in the sport’s history – the BBC revealed last month that two Chinese players had been given lengthy bans from the game.

Yu Delu was banned from snooker for 10 years and nine months, while Cao Yupeng also pleaded guilty to fixing and was banned for six years, although three and a half years of his sentence were suspended.

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