April 15, 2010

Timing is Everything – The Keystone Cops Up the Ante…

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 1:16 pm

Bad News for Maguire backers one feels

Snooker players Jamie Burnett and Stephen Maguire are among five men who have been referred to prosecutors in Scotland according to BBC Sport.

This is just great news, just what we needed in the run up to Saturday.

It of course, relates to alleged irregular betting patterns linked to a match at the UK Championship on 14 December 2008.

Strathclyde Police have conducted a 17-month investigation into the match which also involved a late night visit to yours truly.

They have now decided there is enough evidence to pass the case to the Procurator Fiscal, who will decide whether charges should be brought. Maybe I’ll get called back and can give trial reports, how exciting!

A statement from Strathclyde Police’s economic crime unit read: “Five males aged 35, 34, 31, 31 and 29 are the subject of a police report that is being submitted to the Procurator Fiscal”. Whoever he is.

Maguire - The Wait Continues

“(It) is in relation to the alleged irregular betting patterns associated with the snooker match involving Jamie Burnett and Stephen Maguire at the UK Championship on 14 December 2008.”

So once again, this rears it’s ugly head again right on the eve of the game’s showpiece. Isn’t it strange how this was flagged up by the police at around the same time last year? Perhaps they are fans of the sport and would like to raise the profile, who knows? After all as the old saying goes, all publicity is good publicity, I’m sure Mr Hearn would agree. But the timing of this is curious I have to say. 

This comes a day after Stephen Maguire claimed here in that great purveyor of truth and justice ‘The Sun’ that he would rather the bookies didn’t bet on his matches at all, it’s almost like he knew something was brewing. A bit unfair on us poor punters that though Stevie, as you have to say that Lee looks like a decent bet now.  

In all seriousness, I actually don’t believe that Maguire has anything to answer for and I do feel rather sorry for him. But I can’t say the same with any conviction about anyone else involved as I actually watched the match from start to finish.

I think anyone with money on him at Sheffield had better think seriously about cutting their losses.

For those sick of all this non-snooker serious talk and dreaming of Sheffield may I suggest you read the altogether more light-hearted views of Mrs Snookerbacker by clicking here maybe over a fresh pot and a slice of Victoria Sponge, more tea vicar?

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