Insufficient evidence for Maguire&Burnett case

01:25:00 Ramona Dragomir 2 Comments

Maguire and Burnett
The WPBSA (World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association) made the following statement regarding the case of Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett:

"Following a full and comprehensive investigation into a match at the UK Championship in December 2008, the Scottish Crown Counsel has decided that there is insufficient evidence to justify a criminal prosecution.

This case has now been referred to the WPBSA for consideration of disciplinary proceedings against the two members who contested the match, Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett."

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: "We are treating this case very seriously. We will now be given access to the evidence connected with the case, and our disciplinary committee will review that evidence thoroughly."

Detectives didn`t find sufficient evidence...
As a quick reminder, Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett have been suspected of match fixing after the 2008UK Championship first-round match, a match that Maguire won 9-3 over his snooker practicing partner and close friend, Burnett.

The bookies reported to World Snooker a suspicious betting pattern for a final scoreline of 9-3, the suspicion rising even more after Burnett missed an easy black (for a player of his condition), black that would have made the scoreline go 8-4.
Although both players have denied any wrongdoing, the police took over the case the investigation lasting almost three years.


Andy said...

It will be very interesting indeed to see what WPBSA now make of it...!

Very true! ;-)