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Banned snooker star fined over cue fraud

Disgraced snooker player Stephen Lee has been fined £1,815 after admitting a charge of fraud relating to his personal cue.

Stephen Lee has been fined £1,815 after admitting a charge of fraud. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The court was told Lee, who was once ranked number five in the world, arranged to sell his personal £1,600 snooker cue to a fan through his Facebook page.

But although the man, who is based in Hong Kong, paid the money into Lee's wife's bank account, the cue was never sent - and Lee continued to play with it.

In 2013 Lee was banned from professional snooker for 12 years after being found guilty of match-fixing by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.

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Mark Selby wins the World Snooker Championship title Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Mr Selby, known as "Jester from Leicester," came back from 10-7 down to lead 12-11 in the best of 35 frames final.

The 2007 runner-up held his nerve throughout his comeback, denying the five-times champion his chance to win the title for the third year running.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan makes snooker match-fixing claim

World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has claimed he was offered £20,000 to fix a league match.

The 37-year-old said the financial proposal was put to him 10 years ago by a person he knew.

Ronnie O'Sullivan said he was offered money to fix a Premier League snooker match. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

"Someone rang me and said he'd like to meet me over in the forest and have a walk through the woods. I knew the fella, and it was someone you don't want to mess around with," O'Sullivan writes in his new autobiography, Running.

O'Sullivan says the man told him: "We've got people who can put big bets on. If you lose this frame and this frame we can get enough on it to make some money."

Former world number five Stephen Lee last month received a 12-year ban for seven match-fixing offences.

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Stephen Lee 'devastated' by 12-year snooker ban

Stpehen Lee is the former world number five. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Snooker player Stephen Lee maintained his innocence after being handed a lengthy ban for match-fixing.

"I'm absolutely devastated. I've done nothing wrong and I'm totally innocent," Lee told reporters.

Lee has always denied the allegations, which relate to seven matches played in 2008 and 2009, and said he was confident of winning an appeal.

Snooker authorities have described it as "the worst case of snooker corruption we've seen".

Banned snooker player Lee 'threw it all away'

World Snooker's head of disciplinary Nigel Mawer said banned player Stephen Lee had "thrown away" a successful career:

This is a case of a fantastic snooker player who has thrown it all away through making the wrong decisions.

It is only human to have a degree of sympathy for him and it is going to be very difficult for him but we have to send a very strong message that match-fixing is not going to be tolerated.

In effect it is a life ban because I think it is highly unlikely that Stephen Lee will be able to come back to the sport at this level.

– Stephen Lee

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Lee career effectively ended by 12-year snooker ban

Snooker authorities said the 12-year match-fixing ban handed to Stephen Lee will be backdated to October 2012.

This means the 38-year-old will not be allowed to play professional snooker until October 2024, effectively ending his sporting career.

Lee, the former world number five, was found guilty of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009.

Corrupt snooker players 'will be severely dealt with'

Snooker authorities said the 12-year ban handed to Stephen Lee showed their determination to stamp out corruption in the sport.

Jason Ferguson, the chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, said:

We take no pride in having to deal with such serious issues. However, this demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that snooker is free from corruption.

It is an important part of our anti-corruption approach that players found to be involved in fixing matches or any aspect of a match are severely dealt with.

We work closely with partners globally and the message we are sending is that if you get involved in match fixing you will be found out and removed from the sport.

– Jason Ferguson
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