Ronnie O'Sullivan fined for match-fixing claims

O'Sullivan fined for match-fixing claims
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World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is fined £6,000 following his comments that match-fixing could be rife within the sport.

World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has been fined £6,000 following his comments that match-fixing could be rife within the sport.

O'Sullivan made the claim back in September before clarifying his comments.

However, the 38-year-old has now been hit with a financial punishment by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.

"The WPBSA work hard to maintain what is widely considered to be one of the strongest anti-corruption units of any sport as well as having strong anti-doping policies which involve robust testing schedules," read a statement on the governing body's official website.

"The WPBSA disciplinary committee considered that the comments that were made undermined these efforts and were damaging to the image of the sport. Such behaviour will not be tolerated by the WPBSA."

O'Sullivan recently won the UK Masters for a fifth time thanks to a 10-4 victory over Mark Selby.

Ronnie O'Sullivan of England poses with the trophy and his son Ronnie after beating Barry Hawkins of England to win the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on May 6, 2013
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