Snooker - Jogia withdraws appeal ban

.Joe Jogia has opted not to appeal against his ban from snooker for two years.

In July, Jogia was found to be in breach of the Members Betting Rules in relation to his match with Matthew Selt at the Sky Snooker Shootout in Blackpool in January.

The 36-year-old received a two-year ban from snooker and was ordered to pay £2,000 towards the costs of the investigation and hearing.

He appealed against the finding, supported by the Snooker Players Association, and an appeal hearing was set for Wednesday November 21 before an independent Barrister appointed by Sport Resolutions UK, but on Monday, Jogia withdrew his appeal.

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said: "It is disappointing that Joe chose to go down the route of an appeal that in the view of our legal advisors had no substance to it. This has forced the WPBSA to bear significant legal costs in preparation for the appeal. It is my view that the action taken by the WPBSA in this case shows a zero tolerance to breaches of the Betting Rules.!

Fourteen bets to a total value of £4830 were placed in the Leicester area by two persons known to Jogia on Selt to win the match.

Jogia contacted the two persons placing the bets 77 times and Jogia withdrew from the match, citing injury.

He was banned after failing to explain his contact with two people or the suspicious betting.