Never forget the fact we have a man who agreed to match fix on video as a professional player in this sport. Thanks to a disgraceful whitewash, he was let off the hook. Quinten Hann on the other hand was banned for 7 years for the same crime. The tribunal was not allowed to consider match fixing because the WSA removed the charge with no reason given other than they believed John's story. This means he was NOT found not guilty. The fact he did not report the approach has been described as "foolish", and that's it.
This is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen in sport, and I won't ever forget it.
What we need is the police to be able to file charges and not the governing bodies. What happened here was the WSA could set the charge and the setting was not a proper court of law. If you place Higgins in front of a jury and hand them the evidence, I believe he would be found guilty. He would need to explain the following:
1. Why he did not notify the authorities that he had been approached.
2. Why he ended up in that room with his manager
3. Why he was laughing and joking and toasting drinks, if he truly was in fear of his life.
These are things that a jury would deliberate on and come to a consensus on. It wouldn't be as easy as a report saying "we believe him, so it's cool". 1 and 3 of the above have never been explained by Higgins adequately.. his answer for the first is he was just silly, and no one has bothered with the third. In a court of law, he would HAVE to explain himself.
When you allow a governing body to set the charge, you get corruption. It would be like a police chief being able to set the charge against one of its own officers. Clearly, that is open to severe corruption. Sadly, with Higgins, that is what I believe happened.
I won't ever forget this.