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.
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