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Snooker match-fixing scandal: 5 gamers have bans elevated by Chinese language governing physique


Zhao Xintong in 2022
Zhao Xintong (pictured) received the UK Championship in 2021, with Yan Bingtao claiming the Masters the identical yr

5 gamers have obtained elevated bans from Chinese language authorities for his or her involvement in snooker match-fixing.

Former Masters champion Yan Bingtao, 23, and ex-UK Championship winner Zhao Xintong, 26, are amongst these handed harsher punishments by the Chinese language Billiards and Snooker Affiliation.

Bingtao will probably be prevented from returning to the World Snooker Tour for seven and a half years, regardless of initially receiving a five-year ban.

Xintong is suspended till July 2025.

Lu Ning’s ban has been prolonged to eight years, Bai Langning’s to 4 years and Zhang Jiankang’s to 4 years and 5 months.

The governing physique has additionally backed lifetime bans handed to Liang Wenbo and Li Grasp by the World Skilled Billiards and Snooker Affiliation (WPBSA).

A complete of 10 Chinese language gamers got suspensions this month for his or her components in match-fixing.

The allegations in opposition to them embrace manipulating video games, approaching gamers to cheat, betting on snooker and fixing matches.

All 10 gamers had till 20 June to attraction in opposition to the selections.

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson stated this month it had been a “very complicated case”.

“It has been heartbreaking to see some younger proficient gamers fall foul of the WPBSA conduct rules via stress exerted by two senior gamers,” he stated.

“This behaviour has been recognised as wholly unacceptable by the imposition of two lifetime bans from collaborating in recognised snooker in any approach.

“I’m happy that the fee discovered that they didn’t see from the current case any proof of a wider tradition of wrongdoing in snooker.

“The WPBSA will proceed its sturdy stance in opposition to those that attempt to manipulate sport and in the present day’s end result sends out a transparent message that match-fixing is not going to be tolerated in snooker.”

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