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Snooker players released after being held in betting inquiry

31 Aug 2009

SCOTLAND -- As reported by The Guardian: "The snooker players Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett have been released after being detained by police today and questioned over alleged irregular betting patterns during a match last year.

"The players were detained by Strathclyde police after the Gambling Commission launched an inquiry into a match between them during the UK Championship in December.

"A Strathclyde police spokesman said both men were questioned for four hours and released without charge.

"...Maguire – currently ranked second in the world – won the first round clash, played in Telford on 15 December, 9–3 after Burnett missed a black which would have reduced his arrears to 8–4.

"Before the match, the game's governing body, World Snooker, was contacted by bookmakers reporting suspicions over heavy betting patterns on a 9-3 Maguire win..."

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