Trowbridge snooker player Stephen Lee has lost his appeal against a 12 year ban for match-fixing. The 39-year-old was convicted of seven charges by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association last September. He has also been charged with fraud by the police.
Stephen Lee has lost the first stage of an appeal as he challenges his 12-year ban from snooker.
The 39-year-old from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, was given the suspension by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) last September after being found guilty of seven charges of match-fixing dating back to 2008 and 2009.
The WPBSA says:
"The Appeals Committee have considered the evidence and submissions made by all parties in the first part of Stephen Lee’s appeal against his conviction for match fixing.
Today they have delivered their decision and they have dismissed this aspect of his appeal."
The hearing of the evidence in the first part of Stephen Lee's appeal against his 12-year ban from snooker has been concluded, according to the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.
The 39-year-old from Trowbridge was given the suspension last September after being found guilty of seven charges of match-fixing dating back to 2008 and 2009.
– Statement from the WPBSA
The hearing of the evidence in the first part of Stephen Lee's appeal has been concluded.
The independent tribunal has risen to consider written submissions from the parties.
No date has been set for the outcome. The tribunal has undertaken to deliver the outcome expeditiously."
Snooker's former world number five has protested his innocence throughout the investigation.
Leading snooker player Stephen Lee, from Trowbridge in Wiltshire, has been found guilty of fixing snooker matches.
The verdict was confirmed by Nigel Mawer, the chairman of the disciplinary committee of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPSBA).
Mawer says Lee, the 38-year-old former world number five, has been found guilty of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches.
The sanction will be announced at a separate hearing on September 24 and Lee could face a lifetime ban.