London - The
2015 world snooker champion Stuart Bingham has been banned for six
months - three of them suspended - for betting breaches.
The 41-year-old Englishman - who has been ordered to pay £20 000 costs - admitted breaking World Professional Billiards and
Snooker Association (WPBSA) rules on betting almost £36 000 on matches
involving other players and also matches he was playing in over 12
The WPBSA said there was no suggestion the world number nine - who
along with Irish cuesman Ken Doherty are the only players to have been
crowned world champion at both amateur and professional level - aimed
to "influence matches or engage in any corrupt activity".
The WPBSA said this year's Welsh Open winner had admitted to a small
amount of betting using two accounts in his own name, but was actually
guilty of "greater betting over at least seven years".
They said because he had used accounts not in his name to place bets
it was impossible to tell whether he had made or lost money on his
The initial three month ban could be costly for him as it will see
him miss the UK Championships and the Masters - he will be able to
resume playing on January 26, 2018.
He has until November 6 to appeal against the decision.
"It is very disappointing to see such a high-profile player fall foul
of the WPBSA Betting rules," chairman Jason Ferguson said in a
"Stuart is a great competitor and I have no doubt he has always played to the best of his ability.
"This case shows that there are no exceptions to the rules. Players
must understand that they cannot bet on snooker at all, even if they are
not involved in a match or event.
"Any player found to breach of the betting rules will face the most serious of consequences".