Snooker player suspended for betting breaches

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A professional snooker player has been suspended from the World Snooker Tour after alleged breaches of betting rules were levelled against him.

Jamie Jones, 30, is claimed to have been party to, or facilitated the manipulation of the outcome of a match between David John and former world champ Graeme Dott, back in September of 2016.

After a WPBSA investigation was started it has been decided that Jones will be suspended from the World Tour with immediate effect and his suspension will remain in place until the conclusion of a hearing on the matter.

Jones, nicknamed the Welsh Warrior, is from Neath in Glamorgan and is ranked in the top 40 in the world.  He has career earnings of well over £400,000 and managed a 147-break in the 2018 Paul Hunter Classic, also the tournament in which he managed his best ranking finish with a semi-final defeat in 2017.

Although he has the right to appeal this decision, Jones is now suspended from not only playing but from attending any World Snooker Tour events. The WPBSA were at pains to emphasise in their public statement that no matches in which Jones took part are under any suspicion in this matter, i.e. he is not thought to have “thrown” a match.

The match which has come under scrutiny was one in which Jones’ fellow Welshman David John lost heavily to Graeme Dott, 6-1, at the International Championship Qualifiers in Preston. During this game, John won the first frame with a break of 79 before limping to only 45 points in the next six frames, handing an easy win to Dott.

Although some younger cricketers and athletes have been vulnerable to third party interference when it comes to betting, it would be surprising if Jones has in fact been silly enough to involve himself in betting-related rule breaches within a sport which has given him a good living.

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