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sport news Stuart Bingham hit with ban for breaching betting rules

Former world champion Stuart Bingham has been given a six-month suspension for breaching snooker's betting regulations.

The 41-year-old, who won at the Crucible in 2015, has been found to have placed bets of close to £36,000 on matches - some of which he was playing in - over a period of 12 years.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) said Bingham 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'.

Stuart Bingham has been given a six-month suspension for breaching snooker's betting rules

Stuart Bingham has been given a six-month suspension for breaching snooker's betting rules

The 41-year-old has been found to have placed bets of close to £36,000 on matches

The 41-year-old has been found to have placed bets of close to £36,000 on matches

Half of the ban has been suspended until October next year, but the world No 9 will miss the UK Championships and the Masters as he is not allowed to play again until January 26, 2018.

Bingham, who it was said had not disclosed bets made in his manager's name, must also pay

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