Sunday Mirror Newspaper - February 2013
We were contacted by snooker player Joe Joglia who wanted to expose alleged match fixing in the game.
Joe alleged that several top players had been approached but felt that he had been scape goated as an easy target after a recent scandal.
We placed the story in the Sunday Mirror newspaper who ran it as an exclusive.
A snooker star today sensationally lifts the lid on corruption and illegal gambling he claims to have witnessed repeatedly at the sport’s highest level.
Joe Jogia says he was once offered £15,000 to throw a match at a tournament featuring legendary players Jimmy White, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby, though they knew nothing of it.
Joe, at one time world No 44, tells how a player once ranked in the top 10 and whose tournament earnings topped £1million deliberately lost against him.
And he reveals he was approached to join a Far East-based match-fixing gang containing a DOZEN professionals.
His allegations come days after top player Stephen Lee was cited in match-fixing charges by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, which suspended him in October.
The claims will horrify the millions of fans of the sport, which has seen its popularity surge in recent years. The 2011 World Snooker Championship final had a peak viewing audience of 6.6 million and a total of 27.1 million watched the tournament – the best figures for half a decade.
Joe, who has told the Sunday Mirror the names of those he accuses, is himself serving a two-year ban after a probe into betting. He has spoken out because he feels he has been made a scapegoat to protect bigger stars.
Joe said of match-rigging: “I have witnessed it and I have been approached. It must be stopped.”
In August 2011 Joe, 37, flew to Germany for the Players Tour Championship Event 4 and checked into the Hotel Mercure in Nuremberg.
He said: “I heard some players messing about in the next room. They were a bit sheepish when I walked in but they brought me into the conversation. There were three players and they said they would get £9,000 each for all three losing but if I came in it would work out to £15,000 each.
“They were trying to persuade me to do it for half an hour. They said if I got the train to London the following week and met one of the players he would hand over £15,000 in an envelope.”