Joe Jogia Suspended From Pro Tour
The World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association (WPBSA) have released a statement,
As a result of the reported unusual betting patterns on the match between Matthew Selt and Joe Jogia that was due to take place at the Sky Snooker Shootout at Blackpool on Saturday 28th January 2012, Nigel Mawer, the Chairman of the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee launched an investigation.
The available evidence has been considered and in accordance with the Disciplinary Rules, he has decided that there is a case for Joe Jogia to answer in relation to a breach of the WPBSA Members Rules, Betting Rules.
The case will be heard at a formal hearing of the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee in Bristol on 25th July 2012.
Jason Ferguson, the Chairman of the WPBSA has taken the decision to suspend Joe Jogia from competing on the World Snooker Tour. This suspension will remain in place until the conclusion of the hearing or hearings and the determination of this matter.
At the time of the original incident Jogia said to the Sun that 'I've done nothing wrong. People have obviously seen me hobbling around in practice and must have bet on me to lose.'
Unfortunately for him the WPBSA didn't agree with his side of the story and now will miss out on several qualifying and PTC events whilst under the effects of the suspension.
If found guilty at the hearing on the 25th of July, Jogia could face further repurcusions including being banned from competing in professional events for years to come.
It is good to see the new Disciplinary Committee has reacted quickly on the matter and all in snooker will be very interested to hear what will happen to Jogia who recently qualified for the last 32 of the UK Championship