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Lee handed 12-year ban for fixing in snooker

British player also fined over Dh200,000, but he denies allegation.

Stephen Lee is likely to contest the snooker establishment's ban.
Stephen Lee is likely to contest the snooker establishment's ban.

LONDON // Stephen Lee, the British snooker player, was handed a 12-year ban on Wednesday after being found guilty of match-fixing.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) said in a statement that the former world No 5 had been barred from playing until October 12, 2024.

He was also ordered to pay £40,000 (Dh235,500) towards costs.

Lee, 38, denied the allegations, which relate to seven matches played in 2008 and 2009, and has the right to appeal the sentence.

“This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that snooker is free from corruption,” said Jason Ferguson, the WPBSA chairman.

“It is an important part of our anti-corruption approach that players found to be involved in fixing matches or any aspect of a match are severely dealt with.

“The message we are sending is that if you get involved in match-fixing you will be found out and removed from the sport.”

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