Joined in a press conference by former Chief Superintendant David Douglas, who has recently been co-opted on to the board to oversee disciplinary matters and Lord John Stevens, Chairman of Quest, Hearn outlined the steps that had been taken to totally eradicate gambling in the game, with the installation of an integrity unit.
The unit will be geared towards improving intelligence, investigating allegations, and prevention. This will entail a number of education programmes for the younger players coming into the game. And former world champion John Higgins will be involved within this process on his return to the game.
As of today there is now a blanket ban on any form of gambling or betting on matches for players. Should anyone be found guilty of breaching those rules then the penalty will be a lifetime ban.
Should anyone have any suspicions of anything irregular then they will have the facility of informing the authorities with a confidential email or telephone system.
Any complaint will received a full and thorough investigation and any charges will based upon what the evidence shows.
And in a stark warning Hearn stated that "Should anyone breach those rules then the punishment will be draconian"
Suzy Jardine - Glasgow
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