Leo Fernandez handed 15-month ban after admitting corruption charge


Leo Fernandez reached his career highest ranking – 80 – in 2004.

Snooker player Leo Fernandez has been banned from the sport for 15 months after admitting corruption charges.

Ireland’s Fernandez played the first foul shot of a World Championship qualifier against Gary Wilson in April.

The foul enabled other people to profit by betting on it, a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association investigation found.

Fernandez, 40, had recently secured a professional tour place for the first time since 2008.

His ban runs until 27 August, 2017.

Fernandez will also pay £2,000 costs to the WPBSA, the sport’s governing body, and has agreed to help with the organisation’s anti-corruption education work.

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said: “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.

“This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that all aspects of matches in World Snooker events are competed in a fair and honest manner.”

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