Shailesh Jogia, the world no.57, has been banned by the WPBSA from playing professional snooker until the start of the 2014/15 season following a disciplinary hearing into suspicious betting patterns on his match against Matt Selt at last season’s Shootout event in Blackpool.
A number of bets were placed on Jogia to lose, a fact he attributed to injuring his knee in an accident. He subsequently withdrew from the tournament. The investigation found four bets had in fact been placed before he sustained this injury and seven more before he sought medical treatment.
Phone records revealed he sent 33 text message to one person placing bets on him to lose and 42 to another.
The WPBSA disciplinary committee, headed by Nigel Mawer, said Jogia “has failed to provide a consistent or detailed explanation as to the reason for the contact.”
£4,830 was placed on Jogia to lose in 14 bets in the Leicester area, where he lives, with £2,300 in four bets and another undisclosed amount declined.
The Shootout is something of a lottery given its format, with all matches lasting only ten minutes and a shot-clock.
Jogia, 36, was nicknamed Joe by Willie Thorne’s mother. He has reached the last 32 of four world ranking events, including last season’s UK Championship.
He was originally suspended in May pending the investigation and made some ill conceived allegations about the WPBSA being racist in pursuing him.
This ban is potentially career-ending as he will be relegated from the circuit and have to re-qualify in 2014.
The full WPBSA statement is here.