Jogia suspended by WPBSA
Disciplinary hearing called for July 25 in Bristol
Last Updated: May 30, 2012 8:55pm
British professional Joe Jogia has been suspended by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) pending the completion of a betting investigation.
Jogia withdrew from his Snooker Shoot-Out match against Matthew Selt in January due to a leg injury, shortly after a bookmaker reported the contest had been the subject of unusual betting patterns.
It is understood an unusually large number of small bets were placed on Selt to win the January 28 match with various bookmakers.
The WPBSA said that Jogia would face a hearing on July 25 in Bristol.
In a statement, the WPBSA said: "As a result of the reported unusual betting patterns on the match between Matthew Selt and Joe Jogia that was due to take place at the Sky Snooker Shootout at Blackpool on Saturday 28th January 2012, Nigel Mawer, the chairman of the WPBSA disciplinary committee launched an investigation.
"The available evidence has been considered and in accordance with the disciplinary rules, he has decided that there is a case for Joe Jogia to answer in relation to a breach of the WPBSA members rules, betting rules.
"The case will be heard at a formal hearing of the WPBSA disciplinary committee in Bristol on 25th July 2012."
The WPBSA said it was their chairman, Jason Ferguson, who decided 36-year-old Jogia, the world number 47, should be suspended from competing until the case had been dealt with.
When Jogia pulled out of the Blackpool tournament, two days before his match against Selt, Ferguson said: "He has confirmed that he has a leg injury which I'm aware that other people are aware of."