Opinion: Match-fixing and gambling - snooker's very own 'foul and a miss'

The unpredictability of a contest merged with the break-building brilliance of outspoken players such as Ronnie O'Sullivan has made the sport of snooker one of the most compelling to watch. Yet underneath the tactical expertise and accurate potting is a dark underbelly that continues to bring the game into disrepute. A problem spanning three decades Following the conclusion of a fascinating English Open, 2015 World champion Stuart Bingham was found guilty of betting on matches involving himself and others over a period spanning seven years. Whilst it is believed that Bingham "did not influence the outcome of any matches", this latest misdemeanour is the fourth to be uncovered in just over a year. Joe Perry and Alfie Burden have both been issued suspended bans, whilst Leo Fernandez was found guilty of match-fixing and ultimately saw himself banned from the table for 15 months. Yet match-fixing and gambling in snooker is not a new problem for...
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