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Perry fined, given suspended snooker ban over betting breaches

Joe Perry has been fined £2,500 ($3,262) and hit with a suspended three-month ban from snooker after the former World Championship semi-finalist admitted breaching betting rules.

Perry, who sits 22nd in the world rankings, placed almost 200 bets during a period from 2009 to 2013, using five different accounts registered in his name.

The 42-year-old Englishman has been fined by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), but his ban is suspended until after next year's World Championship.

Perry did not bet on any matches in which he played, and the prospect of a long punishment, or even a lifetime ban, was dismissed by investigators given there was no element of match-fixing.

A statement from the WPBSA said: "After a hearing before the WPBSA disciplinary committee that took place on 18th July 2017 Joe Perry admitted that between 2009 and 2013 he had breached the WPBSA members' rules by placing bets on matches using five different betting accounts in his own name.

"The facts of the case are that between 23rd September 2009 and 3rd June 2013 Mr Perry placed 193 bets on snooker with 5 different online betting operators. None of these bets involved his own matches, but it did include bets on matches in tournaments Mr Perry competed in.

"The bets in question were relatively small in value to a total of £2,806.49 over the four-year period where he made an overall profit of £832.09. There was one account where the betting could not be quantified due to a lack of data."

Perry reached the World Championship last four in 2008, losing to Ali Carter, and won his biggest title when he defeated Mark Williams at the 2015 Players Championship Grand Final in Thailand.

Ennis-Hill to get belated third world championship gold

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Spanish motorcycling great Angel Nieto in quad-bike crash

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Turkey’s football coach resigns after off-pitch troubles

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No Real Madrid deal for Kylian Mbappe, insist Monaco

Monaco said on Wednesday that no deal with Real Madrid has been reached for teenage French international striker Kylian Mbappe.

Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev also said in a press conference the principality club were in discussions with Mbappe over a new contract extension.

The 18-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation linking him to a world-record 180-million-euro ($210m, £160m) move, with Spanish sports daily Marca reporting on Tuesday that a fee had been agreed between Real and the French Ligue 1 champions.

"I have read a lot of things in the press," said Vasilyev.

"So far we have not signed any agreements with Real or any other club. All big clubs want him, he's the great hope of European football.

"We are in discussions over a contract extension with Kylian and we hope to reach an agreement."

Mbappe burst onto the scene last season as he helped Leonardo Jardim's side claim their first French league title since 2000 and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

The pacy forward scored 15 Ligue 1 goals and six in as many starts in Europe, all of which came in the Champions League knock-out stages.

Having been linked with possible moves to a host of top clubs, Real had appeared to be on the brink of getting their man.

But Vasilyev insisted that Mbappe needed to be given time to make a decision of that magnitude at such a young age.

"There is too much media pressure around him," he added.

"It's not easy for him, but he handles it well... We want to take the time to chat quietly with the player and his family."

Ross Barkley to quit Everton, says Ronald Koeman

Everton manager Ronald Koeman sparked a transfer chase for Ross Barkley on Wednesday by revealing he is "100 percent" certain the England midfielder will leave Goodison Park.Barkley is in the final year of his Everton contract and last season he was to...

Tottenham chairman Levy slams ‘unsustainable’ spending

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has slammed the "unsustainable" spending of Premier League clubs during a frenzied summer transfer window.

At least £800 million ($1.04 billion, 896 million euros) has been spent by English top-flight clubs in the current transfer period and Levy believes the exorbitant spree is bad for the sport.

Manchester United paid a British record £75 million for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Manchester City broke the world record fee for a defender with their £52 million swoop for Monaco's Benjamin Mendy.

City alone have spent over £200 million on six new players, while Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have all made club record signings since the end of last season.

The Premier League's spending is on course to break the record £1.2 billion mark for a single window, but Tottenham have opted out of the lavish deals, so far failing to make a single signing.

Defending Tottenham's ultra-conversative approach, Levy claimed the other 19 Premier League teams were putting their financial health at risk.

"We have a duty to manage the club appropriately," Levy said.

"Some of the activity that is going on at the moment is just impossible for it to be sustainable.

"Somebody spending £200 million more than they're earning, eventually it catches up with you. And you can't keep doing it."

With Tottenham having to spend up to £800 million on the current redevelopment of their White Hart Lane stadium, Levy acknowledged it was prudent to be more cautious in the transfer market at present.

But he denied the stadium costs would stop boss Mauricio Pochettino getting a player he wants as Tottenham look to improve on two successive near-misses in the Premier League title race.

"We have to find the right balance but I can honestly say it is not impacting us on transfer activity because we are not yet in a place where we have found a player that we want to buy who we cannot afford to buy," Levy said.

Tottenham sold England defender Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £50 million earlier in the close-season.

Yet Levy believes the success of players like Harry Kane, who has developed into an England striker after coming through the club's youth academy, shows it isn't necessary to reinvest all the Walker funds on new signings when that might stunt the progress of a youngster.

"The academy is important because if we produce our own players we don't have to spend £20 million or £30 million on a player," he said.

"An academy player has that affinity with the club and that's what the fans want to see.

"Unless we find a player who would make a difference, Mauricio Pochettino would rather give one of our academy players a chance, regardless of the financing of the stadium."

Novak Djokovic out for season with elbow injury

Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury, he announced on Wednesday.The Serbian was forced to retire from his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych earlier this month because of the pr...

Bayern’s Ancelotti says decision on Sanches after pre-season

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti said Wednesday he would not be rushed into a decision about Renato Sanches's future and they would sit down together after the pre-season.It came after the Portuguese midfielder reportedly conceded Tuesday he was unh...

Neymar PSG switch doubts grow at Barcelona

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US quartet smash 4x100m medley record at world champs

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India’s Dhawan dominates in first Sri Lanka Test

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Chinese Olympic diving champion He Zi retires at 26

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