The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has announced that Liang Wenbo and Li Hang have each been handed lifetime bans for match-fixing.
At the beginning of 2023, it was revealed that 10 Chinese players had been charged and would subsequently remain suspended until an investigation had been carried out.
A range of charges were handed to the players in question, but the most serious involved Wenbo and Hang as they were accused of manipulating matches, encouraging other players to fix matches and betting on matches.
With regards to Wenbo, he has been found guilty of each of those offences, as well as threatening at least one player to delete messages on his phone.
Hang was found guilty of similar charges, plus made the decision to delete messages on his phone and encouraged other players involved to do the same.
📰 WPBSA STATEMENT | 6 JUNE 2023 📰— WPBSA (@WPBSAofficial) June 6, 2023
Today the independent WPBSA Disciplinary Commission has delivered its decision on the ten players charged with match fixing offences and have issued two lifetime bans for Liang Wenbo and Li Hang, and lengthy bans for the other players...
Wenbo, the former world number 11, and Hang, who played at the 2019 World Snooker Championship, will also pay a fine of £43,000 to cover costs.
The most notable player of the 10 is Yan Bingtao, the 2021 Masters champion, and he will now serve a five-year ban, reduced to that length due to "early admissions and plea of guilty".
However, like with Bingtao, their punishments were reduced due to their early admission of guilt and not attempting to hinder the investigation.