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ByEurosport
30/05/2012 at 18:39 | Updated 31/05/2012 at 06:32

World Snooker have confirmed that Joe Jogia "has a case to answer for" after investigating unusual betting patterns during one of his matches.

The sport's governing body launched an investigation after being made aware of strange betting concerning his Snooker Shootout clash with Matthew Selt in Blackpool.

It is understood an unusually large number of small bets were placed on Selt to win the January 28 match with various bookmakers.

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Jogia has now been suspended pending a hearing in Bristol on July 25.

In a statement, the WPBSA said: "As a result of the reported unusual betting patterns on the match between Matthew Selt and Joe Jogia that was due to take place at the Sky Snooker Shootout at Blackpool on Saturday 28th January 2012, Nigel Mawer, the chairman of the WPBSA disciplinary committee launched an investigation.

"The available evidence has been considered and in accordance with the disciplinary rules, he has decided that there is a case for Joe Jogia to answer in relation to a breach of the WPBSA members rules, betting rules.

"The case will be heard at a formal hearing of the WPBSA disciplinary committee in Bristol on 25th July 2012."

Snooker has long battled with allegations about their players being involved in match-fixing.

The most high profile incident came in 2010 when then world number one John Higgins was handed a back-dated six-month ban and fined £75,000 for breaching rules on discussing betting and failing to report an approach from a party trying to instigate corruption in the game.

Higgins was found not guilty of match fixing.

In 2005 Australian player Quinten Hann was banned for eight years for breaching rules that prevent players from soliciting any payment "in exchange for influencing the outcome of any game".

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