World number three Stuart Bingham has been referred to the WPBSA disciplinary Committee after an investigation into an alleged breach of the betting rules.
Bingham is accused of placing bets on snooker matches in “contravention of the WPBSA Betting Rules.”
However, the WPBSA statement ensured that there was no suggestion of any match fixing or corruption.
Bingham, winner of last month’s Welsh Open in Cardiff, responded openly about the allegations, stating he was naively unaware of the full rules.
The 40 year-old stated on the StuartBingham.uk website: “This was just a case of me not being clear on the rules.”
“I did not know I was not allowed to bet on other players’ matches, I thought it was just my own I could not bet on, and I have never done that.
“I have nothing to hide on the matter and have cooperated fully with the investigation and I now await the outcome.”
Earlier this season, Alfie Burden was fined and given a suspended sentence for similar offences.
The full WPBSA Statement is below:
“Following an investigation into an alleged breach of the WPBSA Betting Rules by Stuart Bingham, a decision has been taken today that there is a case to answer.”
“The matter has now been referred to the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee where a formal hearing will take place at a venue and date to be confirmed.
“This relates to bets placed on snooker in contravention of the WPBSA Betting Rules.
“There is no suggestion of any match manipulation or corruption in this case.”
WPBSA Betting Rules extract:
- Betting misconduct
2.1 It shall be a breach of these Rules for a Member to do any of the following:
184.108.40.206 to place, accept, lay or otherwise make a Bet with any other person in relation to the result, score, progress, conduct or any other aspect of the Tour and/or any Tournament or Match in events sanctioned by the WPBSA, WSL or WBL;
220.127.116.11 to solicit, induce, entice, instruct, persuade, encourage, facilitate, authorise or permit any other person to enter into a Bet for the Member’s direct or in direct benefit in relation to the result, score, progress, conduct or any other aspect of the Tour and/or any Tournament or Match in events sanctioned by the WPBSA, WSL, WBL, WLBS or WDBS;
The full WPBSA Members Rules can be viewed here.