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David John and Jamie Jones: Pair banned after snooker match-fixing investigation

Jamie Jones reached the last 16 of the 2018 World Championship Two Welsh players have been banned from snooker after a corruption inquiry. Former professional David John will serve a suspension of five years and seven months, while Jamie Jones has been given a one-year ban. Jones, world number 39 at the time he was charged, was cleared of match-fixing but admitted failing to report a corrupt approach. He was suspended in October after being accused of being part of a plan to fix a match between John and Graeme…

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Jamie Jones: Player cleared of match-fixing but breached snooker’s rules

Jamie Jones reached the last 16 of the 2016 World Championship Snooker player Jamie Jones has been cleared of match-fixing but admitted failing to report a corrupt approach. The Welshman, 30, was suspended in October after being accused of being part of a plan to fix a match between David John and Graeme Dott in 2016. But a disciplinary panel found that he had not breached the betting rules. Ex-professional John admitted fixing two matches in which his opponents were unaware of the plots. John and Jones will be sanctioned…

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Spain arrests players in match-fixing investigation

Law enforcement officials in Spain have arrested 28 professional tennis players in an investigation into match-fixing. EU police agency Europol said the players were among 83 people detained by Spain’s Civil Guard. “The suspects bribed professional players to guarantee predetermined results and used the identities of thousands of citizens to bet on the pre-arranged games,” Europol said. At least 97 ITF Futures and Challenger matches were fixed, it said. The arrests, which included one player who appeared at last year’s US Open, follow an investigation into match-fixing by an organised…

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Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng match-fixing: Cheats should be banned for life – Williams

China’s Cao Yupeng has been banned from snooker, alongside compatriot Yu Delu Snooker players caught match-fixing or involved in gambling in the sport should be “banned for life”, says world champion Mark Williams. China’s Yu Delu has been banned for more than 10 years and compatriot Cao Yupeng for six years. Three and a half years of his sentence are suspended. “If a life ban is here for everyone to see and they get caught, they know what is coming,” said Welshman Williams. Six-time world champion Steve Davis said the…

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China’s Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng banned for match-fixing

(Reuters) – Chinese snooker players Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng have been handed lengthy bans after being found guilty of match-fixing, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) said on its website here on Saturday. Yu was banned for 10 years and nine months for manipulating the outcome of five matches over a 2-1/2 year period in what the WPBSA described as “deliberate and premeditated corruption to secure substantial financial gain”. Yu, who was ranked world number 43 when the charges were made in May, will serve the longest…

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Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng match-fixing: Chinese pair banned in snooker corruption scandal

China’s Yu Delu has been banned from snooker for 10 years and nine months after a major match-fixing inquiry. His compatriot Cao Yupeng also pleaded guilty to fixing, and was banned for six years although three-and-a-half years of his sentence are suspended. Suspicious betting patterns in numerous matches were investigated over two years in one of the sport’s biggest corruption scandals. They are the first Chinese snooker players to be banned for cheating. Yu, who manipulated the outcome of five matches over a two-and-a-half year period, will serve the longest…

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Daniele Bracciali: Italian player gets life ban for tennis match-fixing

Bracciali and Starace played doubles together at the 2014 Italian Open Former top-50 player Daniele Bracciali has been banned from tennis for life after the Tennis Integrity Unit found him guilty of match-fixing. His fellow Italian Potito Starace, who has retired, has been given a 10-year suspension for a similar offence. Both players were also fined – Bracciali $250,000 (£195,500) and Starace $100,000 (£78,200). They will both have the right of appeal through the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The TIU says both players were found guilty of two breaches…

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Nuwan Zoysa: Sri Lanka bowling coach charged with match-fixing

Nuwan Zoysa took 64 wickets in 30 Tests after making his debut in 1997 Sri Lanka bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa has been charged with match-fixing by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Zoysa, who played 30 Tests and 95 one-day internationals, is accused of three breaches of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, including being party to an effort to fix an international match. The 40-year-old former bowler has been suspended and has 14 days from 1 November to respond to the charges. England’s three-Test series against Sri Lanka starts on Tuesday. Zoysa…

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PSG v Red Star Belgrade: ‘Match-fixing’ inquiry into 6-1 Champions League win

Neymar put PSG 2-0 up before scoring the final goal of the game French authorities are investigating potential match-fixing in Paris St-Germain’s 6-1 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade this month. A Red Star official allegedly placed a bet of almost 5m euros (£4.3m) for the Serbian club to lose by five goals, reported French newspaper L’Equipe. The French National Finance Prosecutor (PNF) is investigating the claims after being alerted by Uefa. Both clubs have denied any wrongdoing. A Red Star statement read: “FC Red Star with the highest…

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Tennis – Three Thai chair umpires handed life bans for match-fixing

LONDON (Reuters) – Three Thai chair umpires have been handed life bans for match-fixing and betting offences, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A logo is seen at the entrance to the International Tennis Federation headquarters, where the Tennis Integrity Unit is based, in London, Britain January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo The TIU said the three had admitted to betting on tennis matches at ITF Futures tournaments at which they were officiating last year. “They also manipulated scores inputted into the official scoring system, for…

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