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Stephen Lee Banned from Snooker for 12 Years for Match-Fixing Charges

Stephen Lee on 25 September 2013 banned for 12 years after being found guilty of seven charges of match-fixing.

Sep 30, 2013 16:10 IST
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Stephen Lee, a snooker player from England banned for 12 years after being found guilty of seven charges of match-fixing on 25 September 2013.

Stephen Lee (38) was found guilty of seven match-fixing charges by an independent tribunal and Lee was also ordered to pay 40000 pounds  towards the considerable costs of the investigation and hearing.

The ban will run from 12 October 2012, when an interim suspension was imposed, and means Lee will not be able to compete as a professional snooker player before 12 October 2024, the date of his 50th birthday.

Stephen Lee, the former world Number 5, was found guilty of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009. The matches in question were three in the Malta Cup in 2008, two in the UK Championship in the same year, one in the 2009 China Open and one in the 2009 world championship.

About Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee was born on 12 October 1974 in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England. In the 1992 Lee turned professional player. In 1998 he won first ranking tournament, the Grand Prix, by defeating Marco Fu 9-2 in the final. In 2002 he won Scottish Open and Grand Prix and takes over as provisional world number one early the following season. His highest world ranking is five.

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