Thanawat gets lengthy ban for fixing 6 games

Thanawat gets lengthy ban for fixing 6 games

Thai star Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon
Thai star Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon

Thailand's former world U21 champion Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon has been banned from snooker until March 2025, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) announced on Friday.

A WPBSA statement added that a tribunal handed down a nine-year suspension, but the player was "given credit for his plea of guilty which reduced the suspension to six years. Of that period, he will serve a suspension of two years, nine months unconditionally."

The 28-year-old Thai was due to return to the professional Main Tour after a qualifying school tournament in Bangkok but was barred from it.

Thanawat, who turned professional in 2010, has admitted to fixing the outcome of six matches between 2013 and 2015.

A disciplinary hearing was held last month during which, the WPBSA said, Thanawat fully cooperated with the tribunal.

"The remaining three years and three months will be suspended, provided there is compliance with the terms agreed between [Thanawat] Tirapongpaiboon and the WPBSA...," the official statement said.

"Provided he complies with his agreement with the WPBSA, his suspension will run from 15th June 2022 until 14th March 2025. He was ordered to pay £1,925 towards the WPBSA costs."

"This case shows that if a player chooses to fix a match they will be caught, no matter how long after the event," said WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson.

"Thanawat has shown true remorse and wants to help ensure that other players do not make the mistakes that he did as a young player."

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