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Stephen Lee found guilty of match-fixing, facing lifetime ban

The English snooker player will receive his punishment later today.

Lee could be banned from snooker for life.
Lee could be banned from snooker for life.
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FORMER WORLD NUMBER  five Stephen Lee faces a life ban from snooker after being found guilty of fixing seven matches.

The Englishman will receive his punishment on Tuesday by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), with chairman Jason Ferguson confirming Lee faces ‘a significant sanction’.

Lee was suspended last October after an investigation into eight matches found seven counts of match-fixing at four locations through 2008 and 2009.

In a statement, the WPBSA confirmed: “Between February 2008 and April 2009, Stephen Lee was in contact with three different groups of people, all of whom placed bets on the outcomes of his matches or on the outcomes of frames within his matches or on the exact score of his matches.

The allegations were serious and related to match-fixing or the provision of inside information to enable persons to win money by betting on those matches.

“The matches were three matches in the Malta Cup 2008, two matches at the UK Championship 2008, one at the China Open 2009 and one at the World Championship 2009.”

The case is the biggest controversy to hit the sport since the eight-year ban given to Australian Quinten Hann, who was suspended for breaking rules governing match-fixing in 2006.

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