Is This Shot Of The Season?

Independent Appeals Committee Finding: Jamie Jones

On Friday 11th January 2019 after a contested hearing the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee found that Jamie Jones had failed to report an approach to David John for John to fix his match outcome against Graeme Dott that was to be played on 29th September 2016.

On 6th February 2019 the Committee reported their decision on the sanction that Jamie Jones was to face, which was a suspension from attending or competing in WPBSA sanctioned events for a period of 12 months. This is to run from 11thOctober 2018, the date of his original suspension until 10th October 2019.  He was ordered to pay £9,000 towards the WPBSA costs.

Jamie Jones appealed against the severity of the sanction imposed by the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee and the order for costs. On 2nd April 2019 Graeme McPherson QC acting as the Independent Appeals Committee dismissed the appeal by Jamie Jones against the sanction  He did however reduce the costs order from £9,000 to £6,500.

Jamie Jones was ordered to pay £3,655 towards the WPBSA costs of the appeal.

The full finding of the Appeals Committee can be found here.

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 Appendix 1

 Jamie Jones charge:

  1. On and after 29 September 2016, in breach of Rule 4.2, you failed to report the approach of ‘A’ to David John to influence the outcome of David John’s match with Graeme Dott as soon as was reasonably practicable.

 Appendix 2

 WPBSA Members Rules extracts:

  1. Reporting Breaches
    • In the event that a Member is approached or solicited in any way (whether directly or indirectly) to influence the outcome or conduct of any game of snooker or billiards whether or not in return for payment or any other form of remuneration or benefit (an “Approach”), that Member (the “Reporting Member”) shall report such an Approach to the WPBSA (via the Company Secretary or a Tournament Official) as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event not later than 24 hours after any such Approach being made. Further, the Reporting Member shall provide the WPBSA (via the Company Secretary or a Tournament Official) with all information in his or her knowledge relating to the Approach and shall co-operate in any subsequent investigation and/or other action(s) arising out of such a report.

The full WPBSA Members Rules can be viewed here.