Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett, whose match at last December’s UK Championship is the subject of an official investigation by the Gambling Commission following unusual betting patterns, will play each other in the first round of next month’s World Championship.
Regardless of the result of the investigation, this is hugely embarrassing for snooker.
The sort of coverage we can expect of this match is the last thing the game needs.
Meanwhile, what a stinking draw for Stephen Hendry, who will play Mark Williams, the man he beat ten years ago to win his seventh world title.
Ronnie O’Sullivan, the defending champion, will face Stuart Bingham, who he has practised with in the past.
Mark Selby has a tough opening assignment in the shape of Shanghai Masters champion Ricky Walden.
There is certain to be a Chinese player in the second round after Ding Junhui drew Liang Wenbo.
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Stuart Bingham
Mark Allen v Martin Gould
Peter Ebdon v Nigel Bond
Ryan Day v Stephen Lee
John Higgins v Michael Holt
Joe Perry v Jamie Cope
Graeme Dott v Barry Hawkins
Mark Selby v Ricky Walden
Shaun Murphy v Andrew Higginson
Marco Fu v Joe Swail
Ding Junhui v Liang Wenbo
Stephen Hendry v Mark Williams
Ali Carter v Gerard Greene
Neil Robertson v Steve Davis
Mark King v Rory McLeod
Stephen Maguire v Jamie Burnett