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AFP
December 2, 2018

Chinese snooker duo banned for match-fixing

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AFP
December 2, 2018

LONDON: Chinese snooker players Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng have been banned from the sport for match-fixing with the former being given the longest suspension since English player Stephen Lee received a 12-year ban in 2013.

An independent tribunal ruled Yu, 31, will be out of the sport for 10 years and nine months after being found guilty of manipulating the outcome of five matches over a two-and-a-half-year period.

Cao, 28, has been banned for six years although three-and-a-half years of his punishment are suspended because he expressed “true remorse”. He was found to have fixed three different matches.

The tribunal came to their decisions after an investigation by the sport’s governing body, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).

“Cao Yupeng has shown true remorse and he will assist the WPBSA in player education and in its fight against corruption, which is reflected in his reduced sanction,” said Jason Ferguson, chairman of the WPBSA.

“The sanctions handed down to these players by the Independent Tribunal reflect how seriously the WPBSA treats such cases. This was a lengthy and difficult enquiry for which the Tribunal commended the WPBSA for its skill and professionalism in the investigation and presentation of the case.”

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