PoolBoy wrote:Higgins showed what a true gentleman he is by offering Marco Fu the chance to celebrate, at his (John's) own house.
He's a truly great ambassador to the game.
The reason certain fans have 'got in in for' Higgins is because he's a threat to Ronnie. Nothing more, nothing less.
I don't any of them 'having a go' at Leo Fernandez - a current tour professional who's serving a ban for match fixing. He returns in August, I believe.
They also conveniently overlook this admission of an approach from Ronnie.
I mean, if he'd been filmed undercover, saying, "If anyone could get away with it, I could. I could just play one-handed, or left-handed or just put a towel over my head, and pretend I was going nuts."
Does that make the Rocket a match-fixer? No. Admitting you could fix matches or even saying you would fix matches is very different from actually doing it.
Neither Ronnie or John has ever been charged for match-fixing.
You're comparing apples with oranges. You're correct, O'Sullivan was approached to fix a match, but given that we all found out about it years latet and he had not fixed the match by then, it's safe to presume he never would have fixed that match.
Only Higgins knows for sure if he would or wouldn't have fixed a match. Not you, not I, nobody but John. NotW acted almost instantly when they caught him on camera, and that's why we don't know. But it certainly looked bad, and the powers that be agreed - that's why he got a 6-month ban.
Re: should we call him a match fixer, or a parakeet? No, because he did neither.
He's a nice man, he made an awful mistake. But while I genuinely believe he should not be maligned for everything he does (and I admit my frustration at him boils over more often than it should), nor should he be considered a 'true ambassador'. He's equally undeserving of both those titles.
Re: people only dislike him cos he's a threat to Tonnie: I actually think you're right in the majority of cases. Not in mine, because prior to 2010 Higgins was my favourite player, he is an awesome, stylish player.
But I also think the majority of people who continue to champion ALSO do that just because he's a threat to Ronnie. Both viewpoints are wrong.