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Stuart Bingham comment on betting investigation

STUART BINGHAM has admitted to breaking World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) rules on betting on matches involving other players.

The world No 3 found out in December that allegations were being investigated by Nigel Mawer, the chairman of the WPBSA’s disciplinary committee.

And in a follow up meeting with Mawer in January, Bingham confirmed he had placed accumulator bets on the outcome of other matches because he did not know it was against the governing body’s rules to do so.

Bingham is now awaiting the conclusion of the investigation before he discovers the penalty.

Bingham, who has taken advice from WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson, said: “This was just a case of me not being clear on the rules.

“I did not know I was not allowed to bet on other players’ matches, I thought it was just my own I could not bet on, and I have never done that.

“I have nothing to hide on the matter and have cooperated fully with the investigation and I now await the outcome.”

A WPBSA satement said: “Following an investigation into an alleged breach of the WPBSA Betting Rules by Stuart Bingham, a decision has been taken today that there is a case to answer.

“The matter has now been referred to the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee where a formal hearing will take place at a venue and date to be confirmed.

“This relates to bets placed on snooker in contravention of the WPBSA Betting Rules.

“There is no suggestion of any match manipulation or corruption in this case.”

By James Colasanti

Journalist at CogitoPR.