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Lee 'has a case to answer' over match-fixing

ESPN staff
February 14, 2013
Stephen Lee is currently suspended from snooker © Getty Images

Stephen Lee "has a case to answer" following an investigation into alleged match-fixing, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has confirmed.

A referral by the Gambling Commission last year prompted an inquiry by the WPBSA and the governing body has confirmed the alleged breaches relate to four matches in 2008 and 2009.

"The WPBSA has gathered a large amount of material from the Gambling Commission, West Midlands police and third parties in relation to these allegations," the WPBSA said in a statement.

"This has been a complex investigation where the material has had to be traced, recovered and re-evaluated with regard to the WPBSA rules.

"The available evidence has now been considered and in accordance with the Disciplinary Rules, the chairman of the Disciplinary Committee has decided that there is a case for Stephen Lee to answer in relation to a breach of the WPBSA Members Rules."

A further probe into the suspicious betting in relation to Lee's Premier League match with John Higgins in October of last year is ongoing.

Lee, 38, has won five ranking tournaments in his career and is currently suspended from the sport.

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