WPBSA probes snooker match between Jamie Burnett and John Sutton
Last Updated: 16/10/14 5:18pm
Snooker's world governing body is investigating "unusual betting" on a match played between Scotland's Jamie Burnett and Irish amateur John Sutton.
The match at the Barnsley Metrodome on Wednesday saw Burnett win 6-0 in a qualifying match for the International Championship tournament, which takes place in China from October 26 to November 2.
The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has not indicated the nature of its investigation but has confirmed it was prompted by information provided by the betting industry.
Burnett, 39, and fellow Scot Stephen Maguire were cleared in 2011 by the WPBSA of any wrongdoing after a probe into their match at the 2008 UK Championship, and Strathclyde Police also dropped its investigation.
The WPBSA said in a statement on Thursday: "Yesterday, the WPBSA integrity unit received an early warning notification from partners in the betting industry of unusual betting on the match between Jamie Burnett and John Sutton at the International Championship qualifiers in Barnsley. The match took place last night resulting in a 6-0 win for Jamie Burnett.
"The WPBSA integrity unit undertook specific measures both to monitor the match live and to examine the circumstances surrounding the match and player. Together with the sports betting intelligence unit at the Gambling Commission we are analysing the available information on this match to determine what action is appropriate.
"With their partners the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), the WPBSA integrity unit have information sharing agreements with the betting industry and closely monitor worldwide betting on all competitive snooker.
"The WPBSA integrity unit operates with complete autonomy from the WPBSA board and World Snooker Limited. The unit is always made aware of any unusual betting on snooker matches and will take appropriate action in every case."