9 Sep 2010

Higgins cleared of match-fixing

7:01 am on 9 September 2010

The three times world snooker champion John Higgins has been cleared of accepting a bribe to fix snooker matches, but he's been suspended for six months and fined 160-thousand dollars.

The Scot was filmed during a meeting in Kiev with an undercover journalist from the News of the World offering him large sums of money to throw a match. But he said he felt threatened during the meeting and the only way to get out of the situation was to appear to be going along with the deal.

The world number one's suspension has been back-dated meaning he can continue his career in November.