LONDON: England’s Stephen Lee was give a record 12-year ban on Wednesday after being found guilty of seven charges of match-fixing, snooker’s world governing body announced.
The 38-year-old Lee, the former world number five, was found guilty by an independent tribunal last week of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009 and the sanction imposed Wednesday.
Lee was also ordered to pay #38,000 ($61,000, 46,000 euros) costs by
tribunal chairman Adam Lewis, one of England’s leading sports lawyers.
“The suspension is to be calculated from 12 October 2012, when the
interim suspension was imposed. Therefore Stephen Lee will not be able to participate in snooker before 12 October 2024,” said a statement issued by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), the sport’s global governing body.
The WPBSA had been seeking a life ban but disciplinary chief Nigel Mawer insisted a 12-year-ban was effectively the same thing as he thought it unlikely Lee would return to top-level snooker.