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Trimming the Tour?

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As those amongst snooker’s ‘Twitterati’ will no doubt be aware, there has been some debate in recent days on social media as to whether the size of snooker’s main tour should be cut from its current field of 125 players (plus three invitational tour cards), to just 64 as suggested by 2005 world champion Shaun Murphy in his own blog post here.

With a few days now before the Ruhr Open gets underway at the weekend, today I offer a few of my own thoughts on the topic and suggest why personally at least, I am glad that the tour will be remaining as it is…

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Barry Hearn Speaks, Announces Invitations, World Changes

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Ever since he teased the possibility of awarding a wildcard to Steve Davis on the eve of the tournament, as well as format changes to the 2014 World Championship on its opening day, fans and players alike have been looking forward to the scheduled press conference from Barry Hearn, which took place at 2pm today.

Click below then for a transcript of what the World Snooker chairman had to say…

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Hearn Teases Davis Wildcard

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Following the relegation of Steve Davis from the tour following his 10-8 defeat to Craig Steadman at the World Championship qualifiers last week, there have been suggestions from both fans and players alike, for the six-time world champion to be handed a wildcard for next season.

Tonight however, Barry Hearn has on Radio 5 Live confirmed for the first time that he serious consideration is indeed being given to such a wildcard being handed out.

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World Snooker Investigation Following O’Sullivan Tweets

Following comments made by Ronnie O’Sullivan on Twitter today, World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said:

“We take these type of allegations very seriously. We have written to Ronnie asking him to explain his comments and to provide details of any match fixing and the names of the players that he is referring to.

“Clearly, to make these type of allegations without informing the Governing Body through the correct channels is wholly unacceptable and extremely damaging to the Sport. We await his response.

“We will not be making any further comment on this matter until it has been investigated further.”

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