Davis: Dark day for snooker

Steve Davis expressed shock on “a dark day for snooker” following newspaper allegations that John Higgins agreed to fix the outcome of frames for money.

Steve Davis expressed shock on “a dark day for snooker” following newspaper allegations that John Higgins agreed to fix the outcome of frames for money.

Six-times former world champion Davis knocked out Higgins in the second round at the Betfred.com World Championship.

Higgins and Mooney were filmed by the News of the World newspaper, allegedly meeting an undercover report in Kiev and agreeing to accept £261,000 (€300,000) in return for arranging the outcome of four frames in matches to be played later this year.

There is no suggestion Higgins has been involved in fixing matches which have already been played.

Barry Hearn, head of world snooker and also Davis’ manager, announced today that Higgins had been suspended from the sport.

Higgins’ manager Pat Mooney also stepped down from the board of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, Hearn announced.

Davis, 52, was stunned by the newspaper allegations.

Davis said: “Everybody is in shock. Everyone’s walking around in bits. It’s a dark day for snooker.”

Asked whether Hearn might be tempted to walk away from snooker, Davis said: “There is the possibility that with Barry Hearn in the process of taking the game over, he may be able to cut the cancer out of it from day one.”

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