WPBSA Believes Jogia Ban Shows Seriousness of Corruption ThreatsJoe Jogia was recently banned from the game of snooker for two years as part of a suspicious betting case. The World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association handed down the ban and they are hoping the long ban will show how serious they are taking the threat of corruption of the game of snooker.
Jogia was ranked number 57 in the world rankings and he has now been banned until after the World Championship 2014 is complete. The ban was handed down after an investigation was conducted concerning suspicious betting patterns of the match between Jogia and Matthew Selt this past January.
The investigation found that Jogia breached section 22.214.171.124 which regarding ‘conduct that is corrupt or fraudulent, or creates a conflict of interest.” Jason Ferguson, the WPBSA chairman, commented after the verdict: “in protecting the public image of our sport, the WPBSA has strong links with the gambling commission and the betting industry. the integrity of our sport is of paramount importance and this outcome highlights how seriously the WPBSA will treat such matters.”
During the investigation, the snooker pro was suspended in May and the WPBSA released a statement just a few days ago which read:
"It was alleged that a series of bets were placed on Matthew Selt to win the match and the pattern of betting was deemed to be suspicious.
"An investigation was conducted by the WPBSA which found that between 20th and 24th January 2012, a total of 19 bets were made or attempted, all at different betting shops in the Leicester area, on Matthew Selt winning this match. Fourteen bets to a total value of £4,830 were placed and four bets to a total of £2,300 and one bet of an unknown amount were declined.
"It was established that the two persons placing the bets were known to Joe Jogia as associates and telephone records demonstrate that in the period leading up to and following the placing of bets Joe Jogia was in repeated contact with them.
"There was no contact prior to 16 January 2012, and then he sent 33 text messages and made three calls to one of the persons placing the bets and 42 text messages and one call to the other. Joe has failed to provide a consistent or detailed explanation as to the reason for the contact.
"Initially, Joe Jogia claimed that the reason for the betting must be that people were aware of an injury that he had suffered, but four of the suspicious bets were placed before he claimed to have suffered the injury and a further seven were placed before he sought medical attention.
"Although there was no evidence to show that Joe Jogia would have gained financially, the Disciplinary Committee found that the frequency and timing of this contact, his lack of a consistent explanation for the contact and the suspicions raised by the pattern of bets placed by his associates created an actual or apparent conflict of interest for him as a member of the WPBSA, or otherwise risked impairing public confidence in the integrity of his match with Matthew Selt."
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