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Snooker bad-boy Liang Wenbo BANNED moments before English Open match amid misconduct probe

BAD BOY Liang Wenbo has been suspended from snooker following a probe into “allegations of misconduct”.

The world No45 was set to play Peter Lines on Thursday morning in Leicester in the qualifiers for the English Open, which takes place in Essex in December.

Liang Wenbo has been suspended from snooker

But the Chinese snooker player was told before his match could start that he was banned from the baize as the sport’s governing body opened an investigation.

In a statement, the WPBSA said: “We have suspended Liang Wenbo from attending or competing in sanctioned events.

“This is due to an ongoing investigation into allegations of misconduct.

“The suspension will remain in place until the conclusion of the investigation or the outcome of disciplinary proceedings.

“The WPBSA will not comment further until the investigation is complete.”

It is understood the matter is unrelated to the four-month suspension he served earlier this year after being convicted of domestic-related assault.

The incident took place in Sheffield in July 2021 and the 35-year-old pleaded guilty in February.

CCTV footage caught Liang hitting and kicking a woman in the street in what the CPS called a “sustained and deliberate” attack.

In April, the Oxfordshire-based star was fined £1,380 and given a 12-month community order.

The WPBSA said at the time that they “strongly condemn all forms of violence” and the player had “brought the sport into disrepute”.

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