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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 May 2005, 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK
Hann to face 'match-fixing' probe
Quinten Hann
Hann has had a troubled time on and off the table
World Snooker is set to investigate allegations in The Sun newspaper that Quinten Hann agreed to lose a match at the China Open in return for money.

Sir Rodney Walker, the chairman of World Snooker, confirmed the body will now begin disciplinary procedures.

Walker told BBC Sport: "Quinten Hann will be written to and invited to comment on these allegations.

"Then in due course he will be invited to attend a meeting of World Snooker's disciplinary committee."

Walker added: "We work of the principle of English justice - a man is innocent until proven otherwise."

The WPBSA told the BBC that there was no timeframe to the investigation and as such no date had been set for the meeting between Hann and World Snooker.

According to Sky Sports News, Hann, who is ranked 22 in the world, issued a statement denying the allegations.

But Hann's lawyer, Adam Mir, says his client has not yet made any comment.

The match-fixing allegations came just a day after Hann was found not guilty on two counts of sexual assault.

The 27-year-old Australian has also endured a difficult time at the table, crashing out in the first round of the World Snooker Championship in April.

There is no suggestion that Hann deliberately lost any matches and the newspaper says it did not proceed with the alleged deal.

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