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Yan Bingtao becomes latest snooker professional suspended amid match-fixing allegations

Jonathan Davies in Snooker News

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World number 16 Yan has been suspended with immediate effect (Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images)

Yan Bingtao has become the latest player to be suspended from attending or competing on the World Snooker Tour due to match-fixing allegations.

The former Masters champion was due to face Ashley Hugill in the first round of the English Open on Monday.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson revealed the world number 16 was interviewed at Brentwood Centre as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of manipulating the outcome of matches for betting purposes in breach of the Conduct Regulations.

The same investigation has already seen immediate suspensions imposed on Liang Wenbo, Lu Ning, Li Hang, Zhao Jianbo, Bai Langning and Chang Bingyu.

Yan subsequently became the latest player to receive that sanction, though he has the right to appeal the decision.

The 22-year-old is also due to feature in January’s Masters at Alexandra Palace, where he has been drawn to face Mark Williams, but Yan’s participation in the prestigious Triple Crown event is now under threat.