Former world champion Bingham faces disciplinary hearing

Snooker - Dafabet Masters - Alexandra Palace - 16/1/16 Stuart Bingham in action during the semi final Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Peter Cziborra Livepic

LONDON (Reuters) - Former world champion Stuart Bingham is facing a disciplinary hearing after falling foul of the sport's betting laws, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) said on Wednesday.

The governing body said in a statement that it had investigated a breach by England's 2015 world champion and that "there was a case to answer".

Bingham, 40, has admitted breaking WPBSA rules, but there is no suggestion of match-fixing.

"This was just a case of me not being clear on the rules," world number three Bingham told the BBC.

"I did not know I was not allowed to bet on other players' matches. I thought it was just my own I could not bet on, and I have never done that."

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond)