Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng have been issued with long term bans from the sport of snooker, after being found guilty of match-fixing.
The two Chinese players were found to have manipulated five matches over a two and a half year period, in a move that was done as the pair sought to secure financial gain.
Number 43 ranked will serve the longest suspension seen in the sport since Stephen Lee was banned for 12 years in 2013, after he was handed a suspension for 10 year and nine month ban.
On the other hand, Cao who was world number 38 was banned for six years, with 3-1/2 years of the sentence suspended.
Issuing a statement, WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson outlined: “It is very sad when talented players are attracted to the opportunity to make money from fixing matches. The WPBSA has very effective prevention and monitoring processes that protect the sport. Where players ignore this, they risk their careers and they will be caught.
“Cao Yupeng has shown true remorse and he will assist the WPBSA in player education and in its fight against corruption, which is reflected in his reduced sanction. The sanctions handed down to these players by the Independent Tribunal reflect how seriously the WPBSA treats such cases. This was a lengthy and difficult enquiry for which the Tribunal commended the WPBSA for its skill and professionalism in the investigation and presentation of the case.”