Yan Bingtao and Zhao Xintong among 10 players charged in snooker match-fixing probe

January 18, 2023
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James Goldman and Metro Sport Reporter ✍️  


Yang Bingtro has been charged with match-fixing
Yang Bingtro has been charged with match-fixing (Picture: Getty)

World snooker’s governing body has decided that 10 Chinese players have a case to answer in relation to alleged match-fixing.

The allegations include fixing matches, approaching players to cheat, betting on snooker and seeking to obstruct the investigation.

Former Masters champion Yan Bingtao is among the players charged with fixing matches on the World Snooker Tour and betting on snooker in breach of World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) regulations.

Liang Wenbo was the first player to be suspended as part of the investigation in October, with Bingtao, Lu Ning, Li Hang, Zhao Jianbo, Bai Langning, Chang Bingyu and Chen Zifan suspended in December.

Zhao Xintong, who beat Luca Brecel to win the 2021 UK Championship title, was suspended in January along with Zhang Jiankang.

All 10 players are currently suspended from attending and competing on the World Snooker Tour and in other WPBSA-governed events.

An independent disciplinary tribunal will now be convened to consider the evidence.


Zhao Xintong was suspended earlier this month
Zhao Xintong was suspended earlier this month (Picture: Getty)

A lengthy statement read: ‘Following a detailed investigation by the WPBSA Integrity Unit, working closely with Sportradar, the WPBSA has decided that ten snooker players have a case to answer in respect of the following alleged breaches of the WPBSA Conduct Regulations.

‘Liang Wenbo has been charged with being concerned in fixing matches and approaching players to fix matches on the World Snooker Tour, seeking to obstruct the investigation and failing to cooperate with the WPBSA investigation.

‘Li Hang has been charged with being concerned in fixing matches and approaching players to fix matches on the World Snooker Tour, seeking to obstruct the investigation and betting on snooker matches.

‘Lu Ning has been charged with fixing a match and being concerned in fixing matches and approaching a player to fix a match on the World Snooker Tour, seeking to obstruct the investigation and betting on snooker matches.

‘Yan Bingtao has been charged with fixing matches on the World Snooker Tour and betting on snooker.

‘Zhao Xintong has been charged with being concerned in fixing matches on the World Snooker Tour and betting on snooker.

‘Zhang Jiankang has been charged with fixing a match on the World Snooker Tour, failing to report approaches for him to fix matches and betting on snooker matches.

‘Chen Zifan has been charged with fixing matches on the World Snooker Tour.

‘Chang Bingyu and Zhao Jianbo have each been charged with fixing a match on the World Snooker Tour.

‘Bai Langning has been charged with being concerned in fixing a match on the World Snooker Tour.

‘The players are currently suspended from attending and competing on the World Snooker Tour and in other WPBSA governed events until the conclusion of the hearing or hearings and the determination of this matter.

‘This matter will be referred to a formal hearing before an Independent Disciplinary Tribunal that will take place at a venue and on a date to be confirmed.’

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