WPBSA Statement – Chen Zifan – 23.12.2022

This has just been published by WST and WPBSA

WPBSA Statement: 23 December 2022

Friday 23 Dec 2022 01:02PM

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson has taken the decision to suspend Chen Zifan from attending or competing on the World Snooker Tour with immediate effect.

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. Chen Zifan has the right to appeal this decision.

No further comment will be made except in the event of any significant further developments.

Chen becomes the eighth Chinese player to be caught in this investigation. I’m following an account on twitter, “SinoSports”, and they had tweeted early this morning that a rumour was going around a about the suspension of yet another Chinese player in the context of this ongoing investigation, also stating that it was neither Ding nor Zhao Xintong. They now just tweeted that CBSA has suspended Chen, just like they have suspended the other players involved in this investigation.

Apparently their sources are reliable… and, on a different topic, their sources also mention a rumour stating that the 2023 Turkish Masters might be postponed or even canceled altogether.

How many more bad news can our sport take ???