Barry Hearn: Stuart Bingham case reflects well on World Snooker, says chairman

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Barry Hearn has been World Snooker’s chairman since 2010

Stuart Bingham’s six-month ban for betting breaches reflects well on World Snooker, says chairman Barry Hearn.

Former world champion Bingham, 41, was found guilty on Tuesday of breaking rules on betting on matches involving himself and other players.

Hearn believes the case sends out a strong message from the governing body.

“It sends a message out to everyone to obey the rules,” Hearn told BBC Essex. “There are no favours to anyone, whoever they are, whatever their rank.”

Bingham, the world number 10, must pay £20,000 in costs, while half of his six-month ban will be suspended.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) said there was no suggestion that 2015 world champion Bingham had aimed to “influence matches or engage in any corrupt activity”.

“When people look at the Stuart Bingham case, I think World Snooker come out of it very well indeed,” Hearn added.

“It is a body that listens to commercial reality, that understands that sport is about integrity and fair play, and will not tolerate any breach of those rules.”

Bingham, who won the World Snooker title in 2015, has been in China and says he will consult his team