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Lee loses appeal to 12-year ban

ESPN staff
May 15, 2014
Stephen Lee has been hit with the longest ban in snooker history © PA Photos

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

Lee, 39, also appealed against having to pay £40,000 in costs, which have now been increased to £75,000.

The former world No.5 was found guilty of seven charges in September 2013 in what the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) described as the "worst case of snooker corruption that we've seen".

The WPBSA issued a statement on Thursday. It read: "Today Mr Nicholas Stewart QC has delivered his decision and he has dismissed the appeal.

"In addition he has increased the costs order in relation to the hearing before tribunal chairman Adam Lewis QC from £40,000 to £75,000. The term of the suspension remains at a period of 12 years.

"This means that Stephen Lee will continue to be unable to compete in professional snooker before 12 October 2024."

Lee, a professional for more than 20 years and winner of five ranking titles, was found to have fixed outcomes in seven matches in 2008 and 2009, including a World Championship match.

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