Stephen Lee launches appeal to fight 12-year ban

STEPHEN LEE HAS  launched an appeal against his 12-year ban from snooker for alleged match-fixing.

In September Lee was handed the longest suspension in snooker’s history after being found guilty of fixing seven games in 2008 and 2009, but he has denied any wrongdoings.

The former world number five refuted allegations that he had deliberately lost matches against Ken Doherty and Marco Fu at the 2008 Malta Cup and agreed to lose the first frame against both Stephen Hendry and Mark King at the UK Championship the same year.

It was also alleged that Lee lost matches by a predetermined score to Neil Robertson at the 2008 Malta Cup and to Mark Selby at the 2009 China Open, while conspiring to lose his 2009 World Championship first-round match to Ryan Day.

A statement from the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) confirmed that the 38-year-old had lodged an appeal and that it would be dealt with by an independent appeals committee.

The WPBSA has received notice of appeal from solicitors representing Stephen Lee,” a statement read.

“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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