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John Higgins reacts to being cleared of bribery claims

Snooker player John Higgins has been cleared of all bribery allegations made against him by the News of the World.

But at a hearing in London he admitted bringing the game into disrepute by not reporting the illegal approach made to him to discuss throwing frames.

As a result, the three-time world champion was fined £75,000 and banned for six months which was backdated to May when he was originally suspended.

"I plan to hold up many snooker trophies in the coming years", he said in a statement outside the hearing in central London.

  • 08 Sep 2010