UK Deadline Extended, Jogia To Appeal Ban

While the Olympics may currently be taking centre stage for many people around the world, there have nevertheless been a couple brief snooker stories today, as tweeted by @ShamoonHafez of the BBC.

The first concerns today’s entry deadline in respect of the UK Championship, dubbed by some as ‘d-day’ for Ronnie O’Sullivan, who as of yet remains ineligible to compete in World Snooker events due to his ongoing contract dispute with the governing body. With questions being asked as to whether either Ronnie or Barry would back down ahead of the deadline, the latest as tweeted by Shamoon would appear to be as follows:

“Looks like more time is needed to negotiate Ronnie O’Sullivan’s contract. Meant to sign today, but deadline for UK is now tomorrow. #snooker”

Watch this space.

In other news, despite Joe Jogia’s original statement to the effect that he would not be appealing his recent two-year ban, it now looks as though he has made a u-turn, Shamoon tweeting as follows:

“Joe Jogia says with the help of the Snooker Players Association, his appeal against 2-year ban will be heard next Tuesday (14 August).”

Will he succeed? With the hearing little over a week away, at least Joe will not have long to wait in order to find out…