Ronnie O'Sullivan

World Snooker Championship Draw

The World Snooker Championships start on Saturday with Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Robin Hull & Stuart Bingham vs Ken Doherty at 10 am

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Robin Hull (April 19th 10am & 7pm)

Stuart Bingham v Ken Doherty (April 19th 10am & April 20th 10am)

Shaun Murphy v Jamie Cope (April 19th 2.30pm & April 20th 7pm)

Stephen Maguire v Ryan Day (April 19th 2.30pm & April 20th 7pm)

Ali Carter v Xiao Guodong (April 19th 7pm & April 20th 2.30pm)

Joe Perry v Jamie Burnett (April 20th 10am & April 21st 10am)

Ding Junhui v Michael Wasley (April 20th 2.30pm & April 21st 2.30pm)

Mark Selby v Michael White (April 21st 10am & 7pm)

John Higgins v Alan McManus (April 21st 2.30pm & April 22nd 10am)

Ricky Walden v Kyren Wilson (April 21st 7pm & April 22nd 7pm)

Marco Fu v Martin Gould (April 22nd 10am & April 23rd 2.30pm)

Barry Hawkins v Dave Gilbert (April 22nd 2.30pm & April 23rd 10am)

Mark Davis v Dominic Dale (April 23rd 7pm & April 24th 1pm)

Judd Trump v Tom Ford (April 22nd 2.30pm & April 23rd 10am)

Mark Allen v Michael Holt (April 22nd 7pm & April 23rd 7pm)

Neil Robertson v Robbie Williams (April 23rd 2.30pm & April 24th 7pm)

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WPBSA Statement Stephen Lee Appeal

Edwin Glasgow QC and Peter Stockwell, who formed the Appeals Committee to hear the first part of Stephen Lee’s appeal against his conviction for seven counts of match fixing, have on request of those representing Mr Lee recused themselves from hearing the remainder of the appeal.

The Appeals Committee made the offer to both parties to recuse themselves. The reason for this was that in their decision to dismiss the first part of the appeal they had formed an unfavourable impression of Mr Lee’s truthfulness as a witness of fact on a critical issue.

In addition to dismissing the first part of the appeal, the Appeals Committee concluded that the appropriate order in this case is that Mr Lee should pay a contribution of £30,000 towards the legal costs incurred by the WPBSA in successfully resisting the appeal insofar as it was based on what was found to be misconceived allegations of apparent bias.

Sport Resolutions UK have nominated a new chair for the Appeals Committee in order that the remainder of the appeal can be heard. The nominee has been accepted by the WPBSA and we are keen for the remainder of the appeal to be dealt with as soon as possible.

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WPBSA issue warning over Social Media

The WPBSA can not tell a player to not use social media but a letter sent out last week shows their dislike of the recent happenings on Twitter concerning several accounts who claim to be professional Snooker players.

Last week two of the fake accounts were suspended by Twitter pending a investigation into complaints about the content of the Tweets but 3 days later the accounts were back on line and posting again.

Here is the letter sent out on the 28th February to the players.

Social Media

It is with disappointment that I am forced to write to you about a number of issues relating to social media.

Social networking has become a way of life for many people and the audience it reaches is vast and global. Used correctly, social media can be a powerful tool to elevate your career and our sport, but sadly a number of players continue to tweet, retweet or post offensive material.

Let me explain clearly the difficulties which can be caused. As World Snooker continues to pursue potential sponsors, partners and new territories, our sport is scrutinised in every way. What is our sport like? What are our players like? What is our social media like? These are common questions. Companies will scour the internet for stories and comments, in order that their senior executives can take the key decision whether to associate their brand or product with us. One small comment which is offensive, posted or re-posted, can be catastrophic to our commercial value, which in turn is your prize money and events.

The WPBSA is responsible for the governance and integrity of our sport, not only do we monitor betting markets worldwide, we also monitor a significant number of social networking sites. If material is found that is likely to cause offence or damage the commerciality of the sport or should World Snooker or the WPBSA receive any complaints of such postings or re-postings, the WPBSA will take disciplinary action in line with our member’s rules. There are a growing number of players who have been dealt with for breaches of the member’s rules as a result of posts on social networking sites.

In order for you to understand the do’s and don’ts of social networking, the WPBSA has researched the sporting environment and prepared a set of guidelines for you to follow. Please take some time to read and understand these guidelines, as this is a very important issue. 

I will finish by saying the WPBSA has no appetite to quash opinions or stop friendly banter, but we are driving this sport in to new territories for the benefit of you, the players. I urge you all to be considerate and vigilant about your postings. You must think about the implications of your actions, this is our sport and we must safeguard its future together.

Social Media Guidelines

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The greatest match

Right now people are debating the greatest shots and greates players, so why not the greatest match??

Which match stands in your memory as the best? A match where one player was playing exceptionally good, but still lost by huge amounts because of his opponents unearthy skills in that particular match, or a match where luck changed everything or just a match where every shot from both players was at the highest quality? A great comeback or pure thrill?

This blogpost has been promoted from a thread on TSF

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No UK PTC events next season

In a letter to the players today Barry Hearn has announced that there will be no PTC events in The UK next season a move which takes the PTC events back to the roots of growing the game across Europe the original intent of The World Series of Snooker which The PTC’s were modelled on.

An except form the letter is below;

For next season we will only be having six European Tour events, all of which will be held outside the UK.

The concept of the European Tour was to drive development of our sport throughout Europe. Having two events in the UK with minimal attendance from fans no longer fits the bill.

We will continue to develop the six events in countries where our sport has potential to grow while continuing to push the big events in the UK.

The final dates and details of the Euro Tour events and the remainder of the calendar will be published as soon as possible.

I am sure this decision was also lead by the poor attendance at The UK events have had compared to its twin events in Germany and Belgium.

Although this is a positive move the PTC’s are still a way of taking from the amateur and giving to the pro or a reverse Robin Hood as I like to call them.

On the calendar which was attached to this letter Sofia in Bulgaria is a option for one of The events and I have heard that Riga in Latvia could also be a option following the great success The IBSF have had in Latvia also rumoured is a Russian event.

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