Banned snooker player Joe Jogia withdraws appeal

Joe Jogia

Joe Jogia has withdrawn his appeal against a two-year ban for breaching snooker betting rules.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association suspended him in May and also fined him £2,000.

Jogia, 37, initially appealed against the decision and the hearing was to have taken place this week.

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

The original investigation relates to a match between Jogia and Matthew Selt in January, when the WPBSA found an unusually large amount of small bets were placed on Selt.

Jogia was said to have contacted two of the men involved in the betting patterns 77 times and could not explain his contact with them.

The Hertfordshire-based player, who reached the last 32 of the 2011 UK Championship, withdrew from the match because of a knee injury, although Selt was not awarded victory, as is commonplace if an opponent pulls out, and faced a new opponent.

Ferguson added: "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 zero tolerance of breaches of the betting rules."