The John Higgins case

03:19:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Maybe you were wondering what happened with snooker’s number 1 player, John Higgins. Well, things are getting harder and harder and this whole business starts to smell fishy if you ask me.

According to, the John Higgins`s case is up to tribunal in early September, but the big surprise is that the guys from News of the World don’t want to present the whole package of evidence. Evidences that, they say, were briefly pointed in the newspaper, at the same time with the Snooker World Championship finale. What a strange coincidence!
As you already know, News of the World made public a video where Higgins and his manager Pat Mooney were agreeing for John to lose frames in future competition in exchange for a considerable amount of money (more precisely £261,000). But the tabloid wasn’t satisfied with this scandal (for it was a tiny one, like dhaaaa!) so a few days later another news appeared, putting John Higgins on the spot and making allegations that he bet on himself to lose a snooker finale.

Now, the "merry" guys from NOTW have breaking news: they’ll agree to present the evidence necessary for Higgins case, only if John and his manager agree not to sue the newspaper in the future. Well, that’s a shock! It’s like saying out loud: "Hey, we did a stupid thing, we put a sting and now we want no to pay for the damage! John’s name will be cleared out and we’ll not be sued! It’s a win-win situation!" Well, no offence, I’m not saying that my supposition is correct, I’m just saying that’s how this looks like.

Anyway, I don’t know how on earth, NOTW can refuse to present the full package of evidence?! I mean, they made allegations that had resulted in Higgins being banned from every snooker competition on earth and being made responsible and brought to a tribunal, so isn’t it some kind of law that stands that a complainant must provide the tribunal or the investigation office with all the necessary evidences? Well, another great life’s mystery, I guess... :P

I must say I have no idea who is right and who is wrong in this situation and to be honest I don’t care. But what I do know for sure is that snooker all around the world has to suffer. The image of this beautiful and noble sport is being ripped into pieces by this cheep sting. And it is not fair! It is not fair for the fans, but moreover, for the honest players who mind their own business and just want to play snooker.

We shall have to wait until September. Snooker has another bridge to cross!