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Leo Fernandez handed snooker suspension after admitting corruption charges

Jamie Shaw in Snooker News 6 Jul 2016
Ireland's Fernandez looks on (credit: Getty)

Leo Fernandez has been banned from professional snooker for 15 months and fined £2,000 after admitting charges of corruption during the 2016 World Championship qualifiers.

The 40-year-old admitted his involvement in deliberately delivering the first foul shot in the first frame of his match against Gary Wilson at Ponds Forge on April 6 for other persons to make money through betting.

The Irishman, who recently regained his Tour Card after an eight-year absence, has been suspended from all WPBSA sanctioned competition until Auguat 27, 2017.

He has also been ordered to pay a contribution towards the WPBSA hearing costs of £2,000.

As a condition of his sentence, Fernandez has pledged to assist the WPBSA in its anti-corruption education work to try and help other players avoid being drawn into match manipulation.
 
Jason Ferguson the Chairman of the WPBSA said: "This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that all aspects of matches in World Snooker events are competed in a fair and honest manner. 

"Working closely with our many international partners, the WPBSA has developed the strongest anti-corruption strategies available in sport today. 

"Leo Fernandez had just qualified to play on the WSL tour this season as a full professional and by his actions he has thrown away this opportunity."

Fernandez' only previous World Championship appearance came in 1999 - where he was beaten 10-3 by Ronnie O'Sullivan in the first round.

He went on to lose the match in question against Wilson 10-4.



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