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Snooker match-fixing scandal: Liang Wenbo and Li Dangle handed lifetime bans


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Li Dangle (pictured) and Liang Wenbo need to pay £43,000 prices every in addition to their lifetime bans

Chinese language gamers Liang Wenbo and Li Dangle have been handed lifetime bans for his or her involvement in snooker’s largest match-fixing scandal.

Eight different gamers, all from China, have acquired bans starting from 20 months to 5 years and 4 months from the World Skilled Billiards and Snooker Affiliation (WPBSA).

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

Yan Bingtao, the 2021 Masters champion, has been banned till December 2027, whereas former UK Championship winner Zhao Xintong should serve a suspension that ends in September 2024.

All 10 gamers have till 20 June to attraction towards the choices.

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson stated: “This has been a really advanced case. It has been heart-breaking to see some younger proficient gamers fall foul of the WPBSA Conduct Laws by strain exerted by two senior gamers.

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

“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 towards those that attempt to manipulate sport and in the present day’s final result sends out a transparent message that match-fixing won’t be tolerated in snooker.”

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Punishments will act as ‘sturdy deterrent’ – evaluation

Jamie Broughton, BBC 5 Stay snooker reporter

The WPBSA has labored onerous to analyze this advanced case and shall be delighted by the punishments handed out.

Over the previous decade, the organisation has proven its dedication to analyze allegations of corruption, and cost anybody it believes to be responsible of wrongdoing.

Snooker’s needed to endure some adverse headlines over current months, however the lifetime bans handed out to Liang Wenbo and Li Dangle ought to act as a robust deterrent to any gamers tempted to get entangled in match-fixing.

For a lot of snooker followers, the true unhappiness on this case is why two of China’s largest stars, Yan Bingtao and Zhao Xintong, bought concerned. Each gamers have been talked about as world champions within the making.

And questions will now be requested if extra may be completed by the snooker authorities all over the world to teach younger gamers concerning the risks of corruption.

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What have been the verdicts and punishments?

Zhao Xintong and Yan Bingtao
Zhao Xintong and Yan Bingtao have been the 2 highest-ranked gamers charged with match-fixing

Liang Wenbo

Age: 36 Rating: 72. Finalist in 2015 UK Championship

Given a lifetime ban and ordered to pay £43,000 in prices. He was discovered responsible of fixing or being a celebration to fixing 5 matches, attempting to get different gamers to repair 9 matches, betting on snooker matches, threatening one other participant, deleting messages and asking different gamers to, failing to cooperate with the enquiry.

Li Dangle

Age: 32 Rating: 71

Given a lifetime ban and ordered to pay £43,000 in prices. He was discovered responsible of fixing or being a celebration to fixing 5 matches, attempting to get different gamers to repair seven matches, betting on snooker matches, deleting messages and asking different gamers to.

Lu Ning

Age: 29 Rating: 65. Semi-finalist on the 2020 UK Championship

Given a ban of 5 years and 4 months, lowered from eight years after his early admissions and responsible plea. He has to pay £7,500 in prices. He was not discovered responsible of inducing others to repair matches. He accepted prices of fixing 4 snooker matches he performed in, betting on matches and deleting messages.

Yan Bingtao

Age: 22 Rating: 23. First participant born in 2000 to show skilled, gained 2021 Masters

Given a ban of 5 years, lowered from seven and a half years after his early admissions and responsible plea. He has to pay £7,500 in prices. He accepted prices of fixing 4 snooker matches he performed in and betting on matches.

Zhao Xintong

Age: 25 Rating: 11. Received 2021 UK Championship and 2022 German Masters

Given a ban of one 12 months and eight months, lowered from two and a half years after his early admissions and responsible plea. He has to pay £7,500 in prices. He accepted prices of being a celebration to a different participant fixing two matches and betting on matches himself.

Zhang Jiankang

Age: 24. Rating: 93

Given a ban of two years and 11 months, lowered from 4 years and 5 months after his early admissions and responsible plea. He has to pay £7,500 in prices. He accepted prices of fixing a snooker match he performed in, betting on matches and never giving the WPBSA info.

Chen Zifan

Age: 27. Rating: 104

Given a ban of 5 years, lowered from seven and a half years after his early admissions and responsible plea. He has to pay £7,500 in prices. He accepted prices of fixing or contrived, or being a celebration to an effort to repair or contrive the end result or rating of three snooker matches that he performed in.

Chang Bingyu

Age: 20 Rating: 88

Given a ban of two years, lowered from three years after his early admissions and responsible plea. He has to pay £7,500 in prices. He accepted prices of fixing a snooker match he performed in.

Zhao Jianbo

Age: 19 Rating: Newbie

Given a ban of two years and eight months, lowered from three and a half years after his early admissions and responsible plea. He has to pay £7,500 in prices. He accepted prices of fixing a snooker match he performed in – and betting on that match.

Bai Langning

Age: 20. Rating: 130

Given a ban of two years and 4 months, lowered from 4 years after his early admissions and responsible plea. He has to pay £7,500 in prices. He accepted prices of fixing a snooker match he performed in.

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