SNOOKER: SHOP THE CHEATS, SAYS BARRY HEARN
World Snooker supremo Barry Hearn is in the process of setting up an anti-corruption unit
BARRY Hearn’s crusade to restore snooker’s image will extend to getting players to shop cheats and sending undercover agents out to test their integrity.
World Snooker supremo Hearn is in the process of setting up an anti-corruption unit in the wake of the John Higgins scandal that rocked the sport at the Crucible.
World No1 Higgins is alleged to have agreed to throw frames for money in future tournaments – a charge he vehemently denies. Hearn expects a verdict from independent tribunal body Sport Resolutions by September 1 before the Shanghai Masters .
Hearn, who has made giving snooker a whiter-than-white image his top priority, said: “We need to install the fear factor among players. There will be confidential phone numbers and email addresses and if tour players know or hear of anything illegal, they must report it.
“If they are approached about anything illegal and don’t report it, they will be judged to be as guilty as the person making the approach.”
And he warned players: “During the year you may get a few little testers. We might just want to know ourselves that everyone is following the rules.”
Ronnie O’Sullivan has branded the snooker world championship “boring”. O’Sullivan, a three-timeCrucible king, was speaking in London’s Courthouse Doubletree hotel yesterdayat the launch of the new ‘Power Snooker’ format. It will take place at the IndigO2 arena on October 30, with eight players, O’Sullivan among them, scrapping for a £35,000 first prize.
O’Sullivan, 34, said: “ The world championship is a bore to be honest. Spending 17 days in Sheffield at one event is draining.”[/quote]
Well, this I don't like too much. I see the rationale behind it, I do understand fully why the image of thegame must be one of pristine honesty but the very idea of "provocation" profoundly annoys and disturbs me.
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