Former Masters champion Yan Bingtao suspended from World Snooker Tour

The former Masters champion Yan Bingtao has been suspended from the World Snooker Tour after an investigation into match-fixing, the sport’s governing body, the WPBSA, has announced.

The Chinese world No 16, has been banned from attending or competing at events with immediate effect as the WPBSA continues to examine allegations that matches were manipulated for betting purposes.

Five other Chinese players – Lu Ning, Li Hang, Zhao Jianbo, Bai Langning and Chang Bingyu – were suspended last week pending the result of the investigation while Liang Wenbo was banned in October.

The WPBSA said: “This decision is part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of manipulating the outcome of matches for betting purposes in breach of the WPBSA conduct regulations.

“The suspension will remain in place until the conclusion of the investigation or any subsequent charges that may or may not be brought. Yan Bingtao has the right to appeal this decision.”

Bingtao, who won the Masters last year, had been due to play in the English Open this week but his first-round opponent, Ashley Hugill, was awarded a walkover.