Lee banned for 12 years for betting on Malta Games
Disgraced snooker player Stephen Lee has been handed a twelve year ban and ordered to pay £40,000 costs after being found guilty of match-fixing charges, including matches from the 2008 Malta Cup.
The charges related to a match at the 2009 World Championship, three from the 2008 Malta Cup, two matches at the 2008 UK Championship and a further match at the 2009 China Open.
The 38-year-old, who had been provisionally suspended on October 12 2012 pending further investigations, continues to rebut the claims and has announced his intentions to appeal the decision.
The ban has been backdated to October 12 meaning that the end of the ban will coincide with his 50th birthday on October 12 2024.
The charge against Lee was described by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association as providing information "that is not publicly available" and deliberately influencing "the outcome or conduct of a frame."