Two banned for ‘scourge’ of match-fix­ing

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Cricket -

Chi­nese play­ers Yu Delu and Cao Yu­peng have been banned af­ter ad­mit­ting match-fix­ing.

Yu has been banned for 10 years and nine months af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion dis­cov­ered he ma­nip­u­lated the out­come of five matches over a 2½-year pe­riod.

The in­de­pen­dent tri­bunal that ruled on his case said in its de­ci­sion that he had “en­gaged in de­lib­er­ate and pre­med­i­tated cor­rup­tion to se­cure sub­stan­tial fi­nan­cial gain for his friends/ as­so­ci­ates and him­self ”.

Yu also ad­mit­ted ly­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tor, fail­ing to co­op­er­ate with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and bet­ting on snooker when pro­hib­ited from do­ing so. The 31-year-old, whose ban will run un­til Feb 24 2029, will serve the long­est sus­pen­sion since English player Stephen Lee re­ceived a 12-year ban in 2013.

Cao, 28, has been banned for six years, al­though 3½ years of his pun­ish­ment are sus­pended. He was found to have fixed three dif­fer­ent matches.

The tri­bunal found that, on one of the matches Yu fixed, the stakes placed on the re­sult were £65,000 and would have gen­er­ated a profit of £86,000.

The tri­bunal de­scribed Yu’s ac­tions as “a scourge to the game of snooker”.

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

“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.”

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