16 Dec 2008

Betting scandal in snooker

10:12 am on 16 December 2008

Snooker has found itself in the middle of a betting scandal in Britain after bookmakers called in the governing body during a UK Championship match between Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett.

Bookmakers suspended their market on the all-Scottish first round encounter after receiving a flurry of bets for Maguire to win 9-3.

That indeed proved the final scoreline after Burnett missed a black in the 12th frame which would have cut the gap to 8-4.

World Snooker, the sport's governing body, would not comment directly on the match but instead issued a statement outlining their procedures when incidents were brought to their attention by the betting industry.