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Snooker Ranked Fourth In Integrity Index

The World Snooker Tour has 28 tournaments around the globe

An independent study into the perceived level of integrity of the top 12 professional sports in the UK ranked snooker in fourth place.

The research was carried out by political and public relations consultancy Portland. Click here to see the full report

The calculation of integrity was based on the perceived likelihood of the professional sport being implicated in one of four issues:

– Match, point or race fixing
– Players, racers or athletes using performance enhancing drugs
– Financial corruption (including bribes, bungs and other financial irregularities)
– Cover up stories and scandals

The rating for each issue was weighted by the perceived impact it would have on consumers’ likelihood of watching the sport.

Darts was given the highest integrity rating, followed by golf, rugby union and snooker. Football had the lowest rating.

1. Darts
2. Golf
3. Rugby Union
4. Snooker
5. Rugby League
6. Cricket
7. Tennis
8. Cycling
9. Athletics
10. Boxing
11. Horse racing
12. Football

Jason Ferguson

Jason Ferguson

Jason Ferguson, Chairman of governing body the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, said: “Governance is very high on our agenda. We set up our integrity unit in 2010 and since then we have put a huge amount of work and resource in making sure our sport is clean.So it’s rewarding to see this independent report which proves that the public views snooker as having a high level of integrity.

“We continue to educate our players about the importance of these issues. We also constantly review our own internal governance. It is vital that our fans, viewers, broadcasters and sponsors maintain full confidence in the sport.”