Danish badminton player Joachim Persson has been suspended for 18 months after being found guilty of four violations of the sport’s code of conduct ©Getty Images

Danish badminton player Joachim Persson has been suspended for 18 months after being found guilty of four violations of the sport's code of conduct in relation to betting and irregular match results.  

Persson, the former world number six, was found guilty of the violations by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Ethics Hearing Panel.

They relate to failing to disclose details of an approach, not cooperating fully with investigations conducted by the BWF and not fully disclosing information to the BWF following a formal request to do so.

Persson has also been ordered to pay costs of $4,500 (£3,400/€4,000).

"BWF duly notes the reasoned decision of the BWF Ethics Hearing Panel and its findings against Mr. Joachim Persson," a statement from the international governing body reads.

"BWF confirms the decision by the BWF Ethics Hearing Panel that Mr. Joachim Persson is suspended from all competitive tournaments for 18 months, and is banned from performing any function in badminton also for a period of 18 months."

Joachim Persson has been ordered to pay costs of $4,500 ©Getty Images
Joachim Persson has been ordered to pay costs of $4,500 ©Getty Images

Today's announcement comes 10 months after former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli of Malaysia and compatriot Tan Chun Seang were given career-ending bans for match-fixing after it was found they had engaged in corruption.

Zulkiffli, 26, and his 32-year-old team-mate were banned from the sport for 20 and 15 years respectively.

The BWF Ethics Hearing Panel said the pair had committed multiple breaches of the BWF's code of conduct in relation to betting, wagering and irregular match results over a "significant period and a significant number of tournaments" from 2013 onwards.

Zulkiffli, crowned world junior champion back in 2011, was found to have manipulated the results of four matches.

He committed a total of 31 violations of the code of conduct between 2013 and 2016.

Tan, who quit the Malaysian national team in 2011 and was subsequently banned for playing for any Asian country for two years, violated the code on 26 occasions.