Liang Wenbo has been expelled from the World Snooker Tour because he admitted to attacking a Yorkshire woman.

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Following his conviction in Sheffield for assaulting a woman, Liang Wenbo from China has been expelled immediately from the World Snooker Tour

The World Professional Billiard and Snooker Association [WPBSA]It has been confirmed that Liang Wenbo has been placed on suspension following his conviction for assaulting an innocent woman.

On April 1 the world No 33 pleaded guilty to the domestic-related assault by beating on February 9 at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court – and as well as the community order he was fined £1,380. According to the Crown Prosecution Service, Wenbo, 35 years old, was captured on CCTV punching and kicking a woman in July last year.

Jason Ferguson, chairman of WPBSA, stated that the case was resolved. “We were extremely disappointed to learn of this today, and it is obviously a very serious charge to which Liang Wenbo has pleaded guilty. We need to now consider whether he has in addition fallen foul of our disciplinary process in the area of disrepute.”

Ferguson has taken a decisive step and Wenbo was removed from the World Snooker Tour indefinitely. The suspension ends the hopes of the 35-year old to play in the World Championships at The Crucible this April.

Liang was due to qualify for the World Championship at the third round stage. However, he will be removed from the draw. “The decision to suspend a player with immediate effect is not one taken lightly,” Ferguson was quoted as saying via eurosport.co.uk.

“But, because of the violent and illegal nature of this offense, I have come to the conclusion that this is my only option until the formal discipline process has concluded.”

The WPBSA statement said Liang had the right to appeal, and that his suspension would “They will continue to be in effect until the conclusion or hearings and determination of this matter.”

Liang will face charges of behaviour unbecoming of a sportsperson and bringing the sport into disrepute.

The left-hander has reached one Triple Crown final since turning professional in 2004. He’s also made two Masters appearances, won the inaugural English Open in 2016, and is a two-time World Cup winner alongside team-mate Ding Junhui.

The player known as “The Firecracker” has never been beyond the first round at the World Championships. That was in 2017. Back in 2013, he famously blew a £59,000 jackpot and the chance of making the 100th maximum 147 break in history at the williamhill.com UK Championship.

With a 6-2 win over Elliot Slessor in the bag, he overhit a black taking him to 120 with the last six colours perfectly placed at York’s Barbican Centre.

He then missed a very difficult yellow, which meant that his chances of winning the rollover prize went up in smoke.

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