Mark King has been suspended from the World Snooker Tour after an investigation into irregular betting patterns on a Welsh Open defeat last month.
King was beaten 4-0 by Joe Perry in the opening round of the Welsh Open on 13 February, with his price at the bookmakers noticeably drifting prior to the contest.
The world number 57 played poorly in the match and was whitewashed, with the WPBSA going on to review the match and decide a suspension for King is appropriate until the conclusion of the investigation.
A WPBSA statement read: ‘WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson has today taken the decision to suspend Mark King from attending or competing on the World Snooker Tour with immediate effect.
‘This follows an initial investigation of irregular betting patterns reported to the WPBSA on the match between Mark King and Joe Perry at the Welsh Open on 13th February 2023.
‘The suspension will remain in place until the conclusion of the investigation or any subsequent charges that may or may not be brought. Mark King has the right to appeal this decision.’
Chairman Jason Ferguson confirmed last month that the WPBSA were aware of the significant drift in King’s price and that the match was being reviewed.
The case was still described as ‘under review’ earlier this week, with the WPBSA now deciding that there is enough evidence to suspend King from competing.
Perry has not been spoken to as part of the investigation and says he simply felt King was having a bad day at the office during the match.
‘I’ve not heard anything about it, I’ve had no input whatsoever up to this point,’ Perry told Metro.co.uk.
‘We’re both getting on and both capable of playing some good stuff and some awful stuff, I just thought he had not such a good day at the office. That’s how I saw it, no more, no less.
‘I’m shocked to be honest, really shocked. It’s well-documented he had a gambling addiction years ago and he’s done so well to stay away from that, I know he’s worked hard to stay away from that.
‘I hope it comes to nothing, I hope it’s just a coincidence and it comes to nothing. I’d hate to see any truth in it.’
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