Ronnie O'Sullivan has retracted his claims that a number of snooker players are guilty of match-fixing.
In a statement released by World Snooker, O'Sullivan said: "I would like to clarify the comments that I made on Twitter as they were an instant reaction to an issue which I feel strongly about, namely the integrity of my sport.
"The news about Stephen Lee's match-fixing case was eye-opening to all players on the circuit, and sends out a clear message to any would-be cheats. I fully support this decision and commend the WPBSA for taking positive action in this case.
"My reference to players throwing matches was out of context in that I was referring back to rumours from many years ago when there were only a few tournaments on the circuit.
"The snooker circuit calendar is now full of tournaments all year round and has undoubtedly been cleaned up since World Snooker was taken over by Barry Hearn, and I do not want my comments to leave a damaging mark on the game."
Hearn had earlier asked O'Sullivan to fully explain his Twitter comments.