Snooker’s world number two, Stephen Maguire, and fellow professional Jamie Burnett have been held by British police to answer questions regarding allegations they helped fix a match at the 2008 U.K. Championship.
The two players, who both hail from Glasgow, Scotland, are reported to be helping with inquiries following an investigation into heavy betting surrounding a match in which Maguire beat Burnett 9-3. Burnett, 33, was on course to make the score 8-4 in frames before he missed a routine black to give his 28-year-old opponent the victory. Snooker’s world governing body opened their own investigation as the irregular betting patterns predicted the outcome correctly, before police followed suit in April. A Strathclyde Police spokesman said a report would be submitted to the procurator fiscal’s office when inquiries were complete. Both men strenuously denied any wrongdoing, and have pledged to co-operate with any investigations.