Big bans may be handed out – snooker’s largest match-fixing inquiry set to start

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Snooker’s biggest match-fixing inquiry will get under way on Monday, coinciding with the start of the second week of the World Championship at the Crucible.

The independent disciplinary hearing, chaired by Ian Mill KC, is expected to last around two weeks and could result in lengthy bans for those found guilty.

Here the PA news agency takes a look at the likely course of the proceedings and the implications for those involved and the sport as a whole.

Who are the players involved?

  1. Zhao Xintong
  2. Yan Bingtao
  3. Liang Wenbo
  4. Lu Ning
  5. Li Hang
  6. Chen Zifan
  7. Chang Bingyu
  8. Zhao Jianbo
  9. Zhang Jiankang
  10. Bai Langning

What have the players been charged with?

Zhao Xintong
Zhao Xintong is a former UK Championship winner (Mike Egerton/PA)

What is the likely outcome?

Liang Wenbo
Liang Wenbo is a former UK Championship finalist (George Wood/PA)

What are the implications for the sport?

Shaun Murphy
Shaun Murphy has backed snooker to emerge stronger from the match-fixing scandal (Nick Potts/PA)

What about snooker’s future in China?

The Crucible
The World Championship is currently taking place at the Crucible (Zac Goodwin/PA)

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