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Snooker opens corruption hotline

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Higgins pleased with match-fix inquiry outcome

A hotline to report suspicious activities in snooker will be made available to players in an aim to tackle corruption in the sport.

Snooker's governing body (WPBSA) will explain the initiative to its member players in a meeting in Germany.

The move is a reaction to the verdict which found former world champion John Higgins guilty of failing to report an illegal approach to lose frames.

The Scot made a winning return to action on Friday after his ban.

In September, the 35-year-old was cleared of all match-fixing allegations made against him by the News of the World, but admitted bringing the game into disrepute by not reporting the approach.

606: DEBATE

As a result, the three-time world snooker champion was fined £75,000 and banned for six months, backdated to May 2010 when he was originally suspended.

"It is a hotline and email service for the players that is anonymous or otherwise," said WPBSA disciplinary chief David Douglas.

"The players can use it to report suspicious activities or to inquire about information about the rules and regulations.

"It is a case of the WPBSA being pro-active and making sure we are not arrogant to think that corruption is not a part, or could not be a part, of the sport."

Douglas said the WPBSA Integrity Unit would be responsible with pooling the information into a database, which they will use in consultation with gambling associations and betting exchanges.



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