Alfie Burden has been banned for six months which has been suspended for a year (Jan 2018) after being found in breach of WPBSA rules, after placing bets on snooker matches including his own matches to the total sum of £25,000.
Along with the suspension, the world number 65 must also pay a £5000 fine.
The WPBSA said that there was no question that Alfie Burden was completely innocent of influencing match results.
The main focus on this suspended ban relates to betting on matches and not match fixing. There is no suggestion that Alfie Burden was doing anything to influence the outcome of snooker matches or engage in corrupt activity.
Jason Ferguson, the chairman of the WPBSA said;
“It’s a key part of any sports integrity strategy that players cannot bet on their sport.”
“Alfie Burden put his career at risk by so doing and it is only through his full admission and his cooperation with the disciplinary committee that he has avoided a career-ending suspension.”
Between 2006 and 2016, Burden was found to have made 86 accumulator bets to which he lost the sum of £2,995.
Only a few months ago Alfie Burden reached the quarter final of the China Championship, his best performance to date for the 40 year old.