A disciplinary hearing into Ronnie O'Sullivan's mid-match walkout at last December's Maplin UK Championship will finally be held this month. World Snooker have declined to reveal the date but I understand it is May 31.
Sir Rodney Walker, the World Snooker chairman, has pledged to make the result of the hearing public.
O'Sullivan could be in line for a heavy fine or the docking of ranking points, but Walker has written to Jim McMahon, the chairman of the disciplinary committee, pleading leniency on O'Sullivan's behalf.
O'Sullivan was trailing Stephen Hendry 4-1 in their quarter-final when he conceded the match.