World Snooker introduced on Wednesday the top of investigations and the submitting of formal expenses, for the crime of alleged match-fixing, towards a dozen professionals from China, who’ve been suspended and pending the other. determination of the group that governs the world’s skilled circuit.
After the suspension of the professionals for the final three months – “for unrelated instances”, the identical decided the ‘Chairman’ of the World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association (WPBSA), Jason Ferguson – and with out the World Snooker detailing which particular video games, and which dates and tournaments check with, Liang Wenbo, Yan Bingtao, Zhao Xintong, Li Hang, Lu Ning, Zhan Jiankang, Chen Zifan, Chang Byngiu and Zhao Jianbo had been formally charged on this day of ‘dishonest’ and adultery of the reality in sport.
The World Snooker remembers that they nonetheless have the presumption of innocence, and that they’ll proceed, as has already occurred, «preventively suspended from all occasions on the circuit». They could have the chance to reject the accusations towards them, «in an Independent Disciplinary Court that can be established. [sem referir quem indica os juízes, nem como]«at a date and place to be confirmed sooner or later», says the WPBSA, in a observe launched at this time on the World Snooker web site, which experiences that the WPBSA Integrity Unit «with Sportradar [empresa tecnológica parceira da WS no combate à corrupção e fraude] concluded by announcing the accusation» to research.
The accusations towards every of the ten professionals from the east are detailed and the extent of involvement and alleged corruption and manipulation of the outcomes of every of them varies.
More critical, the accusations towards Liang Wenbo: he’s accused of “consistently making an attempt to govern the outcomes of the video games and of making an attempt to steer and strategy the gamers to surrender the outcomes of the World Snooker Tour competitions , along with making an attempt to impede the investigation and failed within the obligation of cooperation with the WPBSA in the identical».
Li Hang was accused of «making an attempt to govern the outcomes of the sport and attracting and approaching gamers who used to govern the outcomes of World Snooker Tour competitions, along with obstructing the investigation and betting on snooker video games» – the latter is one other motion that’s expressly prohibited by the foundations of the World Snooker Code of Conduct by professionals taking part in the identical recreation, even when they don’t seem to be betting on their very own video games, forward of others.
Lu Ning was accused of “manipulating the outcome of a recreation and making an attempt to grab different outcomes and video games, along with making an attempt to lure gamers and manipulate different outcomes of World Snooker Tour occasions, extra to impede the investigation and betting on snooker video games ».
Instead, Yan Bingtao, winner of the Masters-2021 – and who, like others, is helped, bear in mind, by the presumption of innocence till the ultimate judgment is handed (they’re now accused, not convicted, it needs to be famous) – will reply for on «manipulation of the outcomes of World Snooker Tour occasions and betting on snooker video games».
The brightest star of the Eastern constellation, the goal of investigations for the previous 4 months (since October 27, when Liang Wenbo was suspended, the primary of all), Zhao Xintong – the winner of the UK Championship-2021 -, is accused of “manipulating the outcome [‘match fixing’] on World Snooker Tour occasions and betting on snooker video games».
Zhang Jiankang has been accused, since that day, of «manipulating the outcome of a match on the World Snooker Tour, failure to report the solicitation strategies that he’s the goal of, to deviate the outcomes of the sport and betting on the snooker recreation» .
As for Chen Zifan, the final one investigated and suspended to stop, this month, he’ll reply for “manipulation of the outcomes of the occasions of the World Snooker Tour”. Chang Byngiu and Zhao Jianbo had been accused of «manipulating the outcome of a recreation in World Snooker Tour competitions» and, lastly, Bai Langning needed to show that the accusation of «trying to govern the outcome of a recreation in a World Snooker Tour competitors”.
The ten gamers can be known as to testify, of their protection, within the Independent Disciplinary Court, earlier than a call, which they’ll at all times attraction.
«Snooker will survive: it additionally occurred in soccer, tennis or golf», emphasised Ronnie
A case that, regardless of the handfuls of defendants now in silence (no response to the choice of the WPBSA) is to scrub and final, and that the primary rating and 7 instances world champion (2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, , 2013, 2020 and 2022), the Englishman Ronnie O’Sullivan, aged 47, had the chance to play the drama, highlighting that the stain on the credibility of sports activities and reality, like different instances involving in different scandals in different sports activities, will finally disappear. over time, though its excessive severity is ignored.
«I’m certain, and there are documented instances, that it additionally occurs in soccer, tennis, golf, and it doesn’t finish in these sports activities. We want to talk up and get rid of these attitudes, however within the grand scheme of life, it isn’t an enormous deal. There is starvation, distress, poverty and malnutrition that come and go on the planet, solely to be met with worse issues. And these are certainly vital subjects. Sport is only a recreation», stated the ‘Rocket’ of London to reporters, after defeating Luca Brecel 6-1 within the first spherical of final season’s competitors, the Masters, earlier than the formal accusations, which simply occurred. at this time.
“I do not know if there aren’t compelling circumstances for these concerned. But earlier than criticizing and stoning them, we should always all attempt to put ourselves within the place of these concerned. It can solely be one of the 2 issues: whether or not they have an habit (habit) to playing, the place they should search specialist medical assist, or they’re struggling to outlive,” O’Sullivan informed TheSportsman.co.uk.
“Perhaps they’re compelled to permit themselves to be defiled, out of desperation to outlive. And that is additionally not a state of affairs that pursuits anybody. World Snooker ought to assist and help them [financeiramente] each day as an alternative of severely punishing them, and even altering their construction in order that these gamers don’t have to undergo this case», identified Ronnie, placing his finger on a suspicion: that the defendants at the moment are being compelled by others into the other habits, which has no various to achieve the skilled recreation.
“I’m not one of those that will throw stones at them or make it troublesome for them, as a result of I do know that life just isn’t straightforward for gamers on the backside of the rating. It has occurred in soccer, and soccer continues. It has occurred in tennis, and tennis is in. And even in golf, absolutely some participant on the backside of the rankings has achieved one thing [facilitar, ou deixar-se corromper, adulterando a verdade desportiva], but it surely would not appear to have an effect on the modality. Just dismissed the case… and proceed life», Ronnie concluded, realizing that these dozen professionals might be suspended for a very long time… and even irradiated. Englishman Stephen Lee continues to be serving a 12-year suspension, thoughts you.