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Stephen Maguire aims for police clearance

Stephen Maguire
Maguire believes he can win the world title in Sheffield

Stephen Maguire says he is looking forward to being cleared of any match-fixing allegations and having people focus only on his play.

The world snooker number two was quizzed by police last year following irregular betting patterns involving a match with Jamie Burnett in late 2008.

"As far as I know, the investigation is still ongoing," said Maguire.

"I don't know if I will get a call to say they're no longer investigating, but that's what I'm expecting."

Maguire says it has not distracted him in his quest for titles but admits that the affair involving his friend and fellow Scot has been an irritation out of the snooker hall.

"It's not nice to be in the papers for the wrong reasons," he told BBC Scotland.

Any time that Stephen Maguire wins a snooker match, it seems to start off a bit of controversy

Stephen Maguire

"I am lucky in a way that I am thick skinned. When I am on the table, it doesn't bother me.

"It kind of bothered me when I was winning matches in the world championship last year and all people wanted to talk about was the police at my door.

"Any time that Stephen Maguire wins a snooker match, it seems to start off a bit of controversy for some reason and I just look forward to that ending and starting to talk about snooker again."

Indeed, Maguire believes he is capable of winning the world title for the first time when the top players again assemble at the Crucible in Sheffield next month.

"I just keep thinking it's only five boys to beat in the course of two weeks," he said.

"It's not exactly miracles that's needed, although it is very tough."



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