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Bingham handed long ban after breaking betting laws


By Robert Jones

Former World snooker champion Stuart Bingham has been banned for six months for betting breaches.

Bingham (41) was found guilty of breaking World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) rules on betting on matches involving himself and other players.

The World No.10 must also pay £20,000 in costs.

The WPBSA said there was no suggestion that he aimed to "influence matches or engage in any corrupt activity".

Half of his ban will be suspended. He has until November 6 to appeal against the decision.

The organisation said the estimated total of his betting on snooker in the past seven years is £35,771, including several bets on his own matches.

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said: "It is very disappointing to see such a high profile player fall foul of the WPBSA betting rules.

"This case shows that there are no exceptions to the rules."

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