O’Sullivan told by Hearn to name and shame match-fixers

SNOOKER chief Barry Hearn has told five-time World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan he is contractually obliged to name players he believes have been guilty of match-fixing.

Former world No5 Stephen Lee faces a possible life ban after being found guilty of seven counts of influencing matches between 2008 and 2009.

And O’Sullivan, 37, took to Twitter, saying: “I’ve heard there’s many more players who throw snooker matches. Plenty of people have got loads to hide.”

Now Hearn, chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, expects O’Sullivan to get in touch with his organisation.

“If he has names and he knows of incidences, he has an obligation and a duty to report them,” said Hearn.

“Failure to do so will put him in breach of his player’s contract.”

And O’Sullivan tweeted again: “No concrete evidence of match fixing in snooker, but just like everyone who works in an office they have a good idea who’s sh***ing who.”