China’s Liang and Li given lifetime snooker bans

Chinese pair Liang Wenbo and Li Hang have been given lifetime bans from snooker on Tuesday for fit-solving after a “heart-breaking” corruption scandal rocked the sport.In total, 10 Chinese players had been passed bans of varying lengths by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) on Tuesday.

Lu Ning, Zhao Xintong, Yan Bingtao, Chen Zifan, Zhang Jiankang, Bai Langning, Zhao Jianbo and Chang Bingyu had been the opposite players suspended.

Yan, the 2021 Masters champion, has been banned for 5 years until December 2027 after his initial seven and a half-year suspension turned into reduced following his early admissions and guilty plea.

Former UK Championship winner Zhao Xintong will serve a 20-month suspension, decreased from two-and-a-1/2 years after his early admissions and guilty plea, that results in September 2024.

The fees blanketed manipulating video games, drawing close gamers to cheat, having a bet on snooker and solving a in shape.

“It has been coronary heart-breaking to peer some young, proficient players fall foul of the WPBSA conduct policies thru stress exerted through senior players (Liang and Li),” WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said.

“This behaviour has been regarded as fully unacceptable with the aid of the imposition of two lifetime bans from collaborating in recognised snooker in any manner.

“This outcome ought to be taken as a lesson to folks that suppose they could avoid detection. If any participant is concerned in solving a snooker match, they’ll be caught and will face severe penalties.”

World quantity 72 Liang, who won the 2016 English Open, and international quantity 71 Li have to additionally pay £forty three,000 ($53,000) in charges.

The International Betting Integrity Association have become aware about wrongdoing in August 2022 and a detailed investigation turned into executed by using the WPBSA Integrity Unit and Sportradar.

Liang was observed to have “fixed or been a party to repair 5 snooker fits” between July 24 and September 28, 2022.

The panel determined that the 36-12 months-vintage “solicited, brought on, enticed, persuaded, recommended or facilitated gamers to repair 9 suits” between July 24 and December thirteen, 2022.

Liang changed into accused of behaving “in behavior that was corrupt by using threatening any other player and making him delete his messages on his cellphone”.

He was also determined to have threatened some other participant to seek to influence him now not to help the WPBSA enquiry.

When aware of the WPBSA enquiry, Liang turned into additionally found to have protected up or tried to cover up his involvement in in shape-fixing through deleting messages on his cellphone and by means of requesting other players deleted messages.

Li has been found to be in breach of the guidelines as he fixed or turned into a party to repair five snooker fits among July 24 and September 29, 2022.

The WPBSA additionally determined he “solicited, induced, enticed, persuaded, encouraged or facilitated” gamers to restore seven suits among July 24 and December 13, 2022.

He became also found to have guess on snooker suits on or after September 1, 2022 whilst privy to the WPBSA enquiry, whilst covering up or trying to cover up his involvement in match-fixing.

Yan, ranked 23, admitted he fixed 4 suits he played in and additionally bet on snooker matches.

The different players all well-known fixing fits besides for world quantity 11 Zhao Xintong, who universal he become a party to another participant fixing two suits and that he had guess on snooker.

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