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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 April, 2003, 10:29 GMT 11:29 UK
Bad Boys: Silvino and Peter Francisco

The Franciscos came from a snooker family.

Silvino's father owned two snooker tables and his brother, Mannie, came runner-up in both the World Amateur Billiards and Snooker championships.

Silvino's nephew, Peter, also caught the green baize bug, although it was his uncle who made a bigger impact on the professional circuit.

Unfortunately for both, their careers took a nosedive after they both became embroiled in controversy.

Everything seemed to be going swimmingly well for Silvino after reaching the quarter-finals of the 1982 World Championship and then beating Kirk Stevens to land the British Open in 1985.

But upon winning the Open, Francisco accused Stevens of taking drugs and was subsequently fined 6,000 by the sport's governing body.

The fine was later quashed after Stevens admitted to taking cocaine.

Meanwhile, nephew Peter also got caught up in unsavoury matters within the sport.

Betting had been suspended on Jimmy White's first-round World Championship match against the South African shortly before it began.

There were a number of bets made for the scoreline 10-2 in favour of White, which uncannily was the eventual outcome.

A World Snooker Association panel analysed the match and later banned Peter for five years. Uncle Silvino's career was on a downward spiral during this time.

When his world ranking plummeted to 166, the South African took up a job in a fish and chip shop to make ends meet.

And in 1997 he was arrested after admitting smuggling cannabis with a street value of 155,000 through Dover.

Silvino is now out of prison having served three years.

Bad Boy rating: Silvino 8/10, Peter 6/10


Part Five: Find out how bad Australia's Quinten Hann has been.




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Bad Boys: Quinten Hann
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