• Snooker Match-Fixing

Hearn calls on O'Sullivan to name names

ESPN staff
September 18, 2013
Ronnie O'Sullivan believes Stephen Lee is not the only snooker player guilty of fixing matches © PA Photos

Barry Hearn, the World Snooker chairman, has told Ronnie O'Sullivan to name names after he said that match-fixing was a serious problem the snooker authorities were trying to cover up.

In the aftermath of the announcement Stephen Lee had been found guilty of match-fixing, O'Sullivan said: "Plenty of people have got loads to hide. That's why there is no free speech. I've heard there are many more players who throw snooker matches. I suppose Steve Lee was just caught out. They will probably fine me for talking about it. They don't like you doing that. Like to keep things under the carpet."

Hearn hit back, saying O'Sullivan faced a disrepute charge if he did not reveal what he knew.

"If he has names and he knows of incidences, he has an obligation and a duty to report them and failure to do so will put him in breach of his player's contract," he said. "World Snooker will be writing to Ronnie to say that under his player's contract, it is his responsibility to report any incidences he's aware of.

"I don't know what's behind his tweets. Sometimes there's nothing behind them and sometimes there is. It's for him to tell us."

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