O’Sullivan Asked to Explain Match-Fixing Comments by Hearn

September 17, 2013

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn has asked the reigning World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan to explain his accusations following a series of tweets from the Essex-based star.

O’Sullivan claimed that match-fixing is currently widespread and predicted further, similar scandals following former world No 5 Stephen Lee being found guilty of match-fixing.

O’Sullivan said on Twitter: “I’ve heard there’s many more players who throw snooker matches .. I suppose Steve lee was just caught out.

“I just love putting it out there bring it all out in the open.. Nothing like a bit of transparency is what I say..

“No need to worry if you got nothing to hide. But plenty of people have got loads to hide. That’s why there is no free speech . There (sic) hiding.”

Hearn is looking to pursue O’Sullivan’s remarks and find out who he may be referring to. 

“We take these type of allegations very seriously. We have written to Ronnie asking him to explain his comments and to provide details of any match fixing and the names of the players that he is referring to,” said Hearn, who is also Chairman of Matchroom Sport. 

“Clearly, to make these type of allegations without informing the Governing Body through the correct channels is wholly unacceptable and extremely damaging to the Sport. We await his response. 

“We will not be making any further comment on this matter until it has been investigated further.”

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