Monday, September 6, 2010

Higgins to face 'bribes' tribunal

John Higgins
Higgins has vigorously denied the newspaper claims

John Higgins will face a Sport Resolutions tribunal on Tuesday and Wednesday following allegations that he agreed to take bribes to lose frames.

The 35-year-old and his manager Pat Mooney were filmed by the News of the World newspaper allegedly accepting £261,000 in return for fixing matches.

The three-time world champion was suspended pending a full investigation but has insisted he is innocent.

If found guilty, Higgins and Mooney both face lengthy bans from the sport.

World Snooker chief Barry Hearn warned in May, when the allegations were first made, that Higgins would face "the most severe penalty" if found guilty.

And the hearing is likely to overshadow the Shanghai Masters tournament, featuring reigning world champion Neil Robertson and the likes of Peter Ebdon and Ken Doherty.

Higgins has won 21 ranking titles during his career and if he is cleared, he could make his comeback at the World Open in Glasgow, which begins on 18 September.

Sport Resolutions UK is an independent dispute resolution service and will hear the findings of an investigation carried out by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association's head of discipline David Douglas, a a former detective superintendent in the Metropolitan Police.

The tribunal will be headed by Ian Mill QC, who has previous experience of dealing with high-profile sporting cases.

In 2004, he chaired the panel which rejected England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand's appeal against an eight-month suspension for failing to attend a drugs test.

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