Well, well, well...
World Snooker have put a statement on their website to clarify that Matt Selt has NOT been found guilty of attempting to bribe a player in an event in the 2006/07 Pontin's International Open Series.
They say the statement has been issued to 'avoid any speculation' over the matter.
This is probably a reference to my post of last week.
However, at no point did I name Matt Selt in connection with this. Neither did I provide any clues about who it could be, except to stress it was "not a household name" - done to prevent speculation about top players.
Here's how the story unfolded: Snooker Scene received an anonymous tip-off detailing an alleged bribe in the PIOS. We were informed that the player involved had been found guilty and fined £2,000.
As is customary journalistic practice, I rang World Snooker and asked them whether it was true or not.
Had they said that he had in fact not been found guilty, I would not have suggested he was.
Instead, they chose to say nothing at all.
Even they now seem to have realised that this is simply not good enough for a sporting governing body, hence today's statement.
The only reason there was any speculation was because World Snooker chose to ignore a perfectly legitimate press inquiry about a very serious allegation.
As I asked in my original post: "If the claims are completely untrue, why not just say so?"