Saturday, July 13, 2024

Snooker Match-fixing Scandal: Wenbo, Li Hang handed Lifetime Bans

Chinese players Liang Wenbo and li hang have been handed lifetime bans for their involvement in snooker’s biggest match-fixing scandal.

Eight other players, all from china, have received bans ranging from 20 months to five years and four months from the world professional billiards and snooker association (WPBSA).

The allegations include manipulating games, approaching players to cheat, betting on snooker and fixing matches.

Yan bingtao, the 2021 master’s champion, has been banned until December 2027, while former UK championship winner zhao xintong must serve a suspension that ends in September 2024.

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All 10 players have until 20 June to appeal against the decisions.

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said: “this has been a very complex case. It has been heart-breaking to see some young talented players fall foul of the WPBSA conduct regulations through pressure exerted by two senior players. 

“This behavior has been recognized as wholly unacceptable by the imposition of two lifetime bans from participating in recognized snooker in any way. 

“i am pleased that the commission found that they did not see from the present case any evidence of a wider culture of wrongdoing in snooker. 

“The WPBSA will continue its strong stance against those who try to manipulate sport and today’s outcome sends out a clear message that match-fixing will not be tolerated in snooker.”

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