Snooker news: Amateur suspended from all competition for 18 months for attempted match fixing

Simon Blackwell has been banned from the sport for at least 18 months after being found guilty of attempting to correct the result of a tournament match.

The 29-year-old was competing as an amateur in the EPSB Open Series, where the top four finish earning a spot at the Q-school for the pro tour.

Blackwell was reported by another player for approaching them and offering them a £200 bribe.

According to reports, it wasn’t even to let him win the match, all he wanted was two frames that would guarantee him a place in the top four.

It is now abundantly clear that the player approached did not accept the offer but instead reported the incident to the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.

Blackwell was suspended on the spot, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

It was at this hearing that the 18-month sentence was set after he was found guilty of breaching three separate WPBSA rules.

Namely, to fix or arrange a match, to seek, offer or accept a bribe, and to solicit or encourage another player to break the rules.

The sentence prohibits Blackwell from playing or even being involved in snooker events at any level for 18 months from his initial suspension from April 14, 2022 to October 15, 2023.

As the losing side of the hearing, he was also ordered to pay costs of around £1,500. The 29-year-old has until May 27 to appeal the decision.

“Any attempt to manipulate the outcome of a snooker match at any level is completely unacceptable and very damaging to the sport,” said EPSB Chairman Nigel Mawer.

“This applies to both amateur and professional players alike. The conviction in this case sends a very clear message that such incidents will be dealt with harshly.”

Martin E. Berry