Snooker has this morning been rocked by the 6-month suspension of former World Snooker Champion Stuart Bingham after the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) found him guilty of breaching betting rules on games involving himself or other professional players.
The 41-year-old & current world number 10 is believed to have spent up to £35,500 on Snooker related bets over the past 7 years, some of which include his own match’s. However, they did point out that there is no suggestion or proof that the intentional aimed to “influence matches or engage in any corrupt activity”.
WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson, later stated that “It is very disappointing to see such a high-profile player fall foul of the WPBSA betting rules.
“Stuart is a great competitor and I have no doubt he has always played to the best of his ability. This case shows that there are no exceptions to the rules.
“Players must understand that they cannot bet on snooker at all, even if they are not involved in a match or event. Any player found to breach the betting rules will face the most serious of consequences.”
Bingham is thought to have used a fake names or proxy accounts to make his bets, which mean it is impossible to figure out exactly if or what he gained for the 7 years from his betting activity.