Jogia withdraws appeal

  • Last Updated: November 22 2012, 7:54 GMT

Joe Jogia withdrew an appeal against a two-year ban from snooker which was due to take place on Wednesday, the sport's governing body has confirmed.

The 37-year-old was banned and given a £2,000 fine at a hearing in July into suspicious betting patterns ahead of a Snooker Shoot-out match.

Jogia initially appealed against the finding and the penalty, but the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) confirmed the player had withdrawn his appeal on Monday.

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said: "It is disappointing that Joe chose to go down the route of an appeal that in the view of our legal advisors had no substance to it.

"This has forced the WPBSA to bear significant legal costs in preparation for the appeal. It is my view that the the action taken by the WPBSA in this case shows a zero tolerance to breaches of the betting rules."

The original investigation was launched because of large numbers of bets being placed on a match, scheduled to take place in January between Jogia and Matthew Selt, by two men known to Jogia on Selt to win.

Jogia, who was said to have contacted the two men 77 times and could not explain his contact with them, withdrew from the match when the suspicious betting patterns came to light.

At the time of his provisional suspension in May, Jogia, who is of Indian descent, told BBC Sport: "I don't feel the WPBSA are racist, but it is a complete and utter disgrace the way they have treated me. I am being made a scapegoat."

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