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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Snooker player's 12-year ban

Stephen Lee has been banned for 12 years after being found guilty of seven match-fixing charges, World Snooker has confirmed.