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.

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