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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.

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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

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.

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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

Snooker star Stephen Lee faces life ban for matchfixing

Snooker player Stephen Lee has been found guilty of match-fixing charges. Credit: PA

Stephen Lee faces a potential life ban from snooker after being found guilty of fixing seven matches.

The 38-year-old former world number five has been found guilty of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009.

Although the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association will not confirm Lee's punishment until next Tuesday, WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson confirmed he faces "a significant sanction".

It is the biggest case of match-fixing to hit the sport since Australian Quinten Hann was suspended for eight years in 2006 for breaking rules governing match-fixing.