• Snooker

Lee to appeal match-fixing ban

ESPN staff
October 9, 2013

Stephen Lee has appealed against his 12-year ban from snooker for match-fixing.

The former world No. 5 was found guilty of manipulating games in 2008 and 2009, including a tie in the World Championship at the Crucible.

Lee was also fined £40,000, and the 38-year-old has denied any wrong-doing and says he is "totally innocent". World Snooker had described it as "the worst case of corruption".

The five-time ranking event winner is guilty of fixing matches at the UK Championship and Malta Cup as well.

World Snooker said in a statement: "The WPBSA has received notice of appeal from solicitors representing Stephen Lee.

"He is appealing against the finding of the tribunal, the sanction and the costs awarded. The WPBSA has asked Sport Resolutions UK to manage the appeal process and appoint an independent QC to chair the appeals committee."

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