Snooker scandal as China’s Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng banned for combined 16 years for match-fixing

CHINESE players Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng have been handed lengthy bans for match-fixing.

Former Scottish Open semi-finalist and world No43 Delu has received the second-longest ban in history of ten years and nine months for five cases of match-fixing at five tournaments.

 Yu Delu has been banned for ten years and nine months for match-fixing

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Yu Delu has been banned for ten years and nine months for match-fixing

Yu, 31, was found to have engaged in corruption for financial gain for himself and associates, and was also found guilty of lying, failing to cooperate and betting on snooker.

The original sentence of 12 years, matching the record given to Stephen Lee, was reduced by ten per cent for a late guilty plea. Lee was banned in 2013 for match-fixing and cannot play until 2024.

Cao, 28, a former world No38 who reached finals at the Scottish and Gibraltar Opens, will be banned for two-and-a-half years for three cases of match-fixing in 2016.

His original eight-year ban was reduced by 25 per cent to six years for co-operating, and with then three-and-a-half years suspended based on commitments to re-educating Chinese players.

 Cao Yupeng has been banned for six years for match-fixing, though three-and-a-half years of his sentence have been suspended

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Cao Yupeng has been banned for six years for match-fixing, though three-and-a-half years of his sentence have been suspended
 Stephen Lee was banned in 2013 for match-fixing and cannot play until 2024

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Stephen Lee was banned in 2013 for match-fixing and cannot play until 2024

Should Cao fail to fulfil that part of his sentence, all or part of the suspended three-and-a-half years may yet be triggered.

Both players had been suspended from the tour since May 25th pending the investigation and hearings on September 21 and November 2.

China is a boom market for snooker, and these are the first players to be found guilty of corruption from the country.

Difficulties in obtaining the evidence required in partnership with Sportradar saw Integrity Unit chief Nigel Mawer praised by the independent tribunal – chaired by David Casement QC.

Jason Ferguson Chairman of the WPBSA said: “It is very sad when talented players are attracted to the opportunity to make money from fixing matches.

“The WPBSA has very effective prevention and monitoring processes that protect the sport. Where players ignore this, they risk their careers and they will be caught.

“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.

“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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CHINESE players Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng have been handed lengthy bans for match-fixing.