Well Ian Mill KC Of Blackstone Chambers, acting as judge, jury, and executioner has imposed lifetime bans on two players, one of whom is a world ranking winner ( Liang Wengbo) and recent former top 16 player.
Yan Bingtao, recent former Masters Winner and world number ten banned for five years. And Xhao Xingtong world number 8, twice recent ranking tournament, including the UK which is a major was banned for 18 months. He was widely tipped to win the World Championship this year, and was on course to be number 1 in two years. A truly phenomenal player.
They mostly pleaded guilty and received appropiate discounts. What a fooking waste for such brilliant players to have thrown their careers in jeopardy for years. I am certain they were acting at the behest/threatened by serious organised crime syndicates in China, there is no reason for top players to do this. They as a collective were dominating snooker, with a quater of the main tour chinese . 5 were in the top 16, and they normally have 10 or so left in the last 32 of most tournaments.
Whats interesting about this is the BIG money tournaments are returning to China next season. I reckon the chinese government ( yes snooker is a government backed sport) will say fook you uk , and start a rival tour with tennis like money, and watch the english/european players flock to it.
The WPBSA have fooked themselves