Jamie Jones failed to overturn his one-year ban from the sport ©Getty Images

Welsh snooker player Jamie Jones has lost an appeal against a one-year ban following an investigation into alleged corruption.

Jones was initially suspended by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) in October pending investigation after allegations arose that he may be connected to match-fixing.

The WPBSA said Jones was alleged to have been "party to, or facilitated the manipulation of the outcome of David John's match with Graeme Dott that was played at the International Championship qualifiers in Preston on September 29, 2016".

John was handed a five-year ban in February, after he admitted to having fixed two matches.

Both of his opponents in the matches were unaware of the possible match-fixing attempt.

Jones was given a one-year ban after he was found guilty of failing to report an approach to John, which would have seen John fix his match outcome against Dott.

There was no suggestion of wrongdoing by Dott.

"Jamie Jones is a well-respected professional snooker player and I have no doubt that has never fixed the outcome of a match he was involved in,” Jason Ferguson, the WPBSA chairman, said after the decision.

“It is a real shame to see that this talented player has fallen foul of failing to report his direct knowledge of an arrangement to fix a match."

Jamie Jones had been found to have failed to have failed to report an approach to David John ©Getty Images
Jamie Jones had been found to have failed to have failed to report an approach to David John ©Getty Images

Jones appealed against the severity of the sanction imposed by the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee.

An Independent Appeals Committee, chaired by Graeme McPherson, dismissed the appeal by Jones.

His sanction will run from the date of his original suspension on October 11 through to October 12 this year.

Jones had initially been ordered to pay £9,000 ($11,800/€10,500) to the WPBSA, but these costs were reduced to £6,500 ($8,500/€7,600).

However, he was still asked to pay £3,655 ($4,800/€4,200) towards the WPBSA's costs of the appeal.