3 May 2010

World snooker champion suspended over match-fixing claims

4:07 pm on 3 May 2010

England's world snooker champion John Higgins has been suspended following a newspaper report detailing match-fixing claims.

The sport's governing body WISPA announced Higgins' suspension only hours before the start of the current world championship final in Sheffield, where Higgins had been knocked out in an earlier round by veteran Steve Davis.

The News of the World newspaper described a meeting between Higgins, his agent Pat Mooney and reporters purporting to be businessmen in Kiev, days after his loss to Davis, where the subject of throwing frames was discussed.

There is no suggestion 34-year-old Higgins has ever thrown a frame or fixed a match.