Snooker champ in alleged bribe scandal

SNNOKER’S governing body threatened to suspend its No 1 player today over allegations he was willing to a bribe of more than �250,000.

Footage of world champion John Higgins and his manager allegedly agreeing to accept �261,000 in return for arranging the outcome of four frames in matches was published in a national Sunday newspaper.

On the day the World Championship final - the biggest match in snooker’s calendar - begins, snooker chief Barry Hearn said he was “absolutely mortified”.

The World Snooker chairman today promised a decision within hours on the immediate future of Higgins, 34, and Pat Mooney in the sport.

Higgins, a millionaire father-of-three from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, was captured on camera shaking hands on the deal to fix matches, according to the newspaper.


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The meeting was said to have taken place with undercover reporters posing as businessmen in Kiev after Higgins suffered a shock defeat to veteran Steve Davis.

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