Barry Hearn promises zero tolerance approach to match-fixing

Last Updated: 25/09/13 4:14pm

  • Share:
Barry Hearn: Zero tolerance approach

Barry Hearn: Zero tolerance approach

Sky Bet

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn has warned players found guilty of match-fixing they will face a zero-tolerance approach as they aim to ensure the sport is clean in the wake of Stephen Lee's 12-year ban.

The former world No 5 was found guilty of seven match-fixing charges by an independent tribunal following an investigation into eight matches between 2008 and 2009.

No amnesty

Hearn has promised there would be no hiding place for those who would seek to damage the reputation of snooker and refuted the suggestion there should be an amnesty for players who come forward with information about retrospective cases.

"There is no amnesty, because if they have heard anything or they are guilty, they will be found and they will be punished," he told Sky Sports News.

"We don't think this is a widespread problem because we monitor betting patterns. But we can't start talking about amnesties.

"If someone is guilty they are just as guilty 20 years after the offence as they were on the day of the offence.

"There is a responsibility under the player's contracts to report any approaches within 24 hours.

"You can never be 100% sure and in life people will always be tempted. We talk to the gambling commissions around the world and if there is anything untoward, it comes to our attention."

Players

Hearn also highlighted the role players themselves can play in uncovering and reporting wrongdoing in the sport.

"The obligation is on the player if he has a problem. If someone has approached him he has a way of confidentially reporting it," added Hearn.

"Once that happens, our integrity department moves in, if necessary along with the police and we will make enquiries to ensure whoever is trying to influence a game pays the price.

"It is a very straightforward system but it relies on the players to monitor as well. We watch betting patterns but that is retrospective.

"If anyone is making any approach, there is a very simple system where they can clear themselves from any punishment by reporting it as it happens."

  • Share:

Related

Stephen Lee match fixing

Ronnie O'Sullivan: Claims to have been offered £20,000 to fix a match more than 10 years ago

O'Sullivan makes fixing claim

Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has claimed he was offered £20,000 to fix a snooker match.

Stephen Lee: Has challenged his lengthy ban

Lee will appeal against ban

Stephen Lee will appeal against his 12-year ban from snooker and the findings of a tribunal into match-fixing.

Stephen Lee was handed a lengthy ban and hefty fine for his involvement in match-fixing

Sport's toughest bans

After snooker player Stephen Lee got a 12-year ban for match-fixing, we take a look at some hefty bans.

Poll

Most Popular

Features

Liverpool 'lucky'

Liverpool 'lucky'

Liverpool underestimated Ludogorets but getting three points was all that mattered, says Dietmar Hamann.

Merse: Trophies far off for Arsenal

Merse: Trophies far off for Arsenal

Paul Merson says Arsenal's defeat in Dortmund shows why silverware could be beyond them this year.

On Tight Lines...

On Tight Lines...

World Feeder Fishing champion Steve Ringer is on the show to look back at the Coarse Angling World Champs.