Snooker chiefs find Stephen Lee guilty of match-fixing
BRITISH snooker player Stephen Lee has been found guilty of match-fixing, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) revealed today.
"Stephen Lee is found guilty of 'agreeing an arrangement... (and of) ...accepting or receiving or offering to receive... payment or... other... benefit... in connection with influencing the outcome or conduct of' each of the seven matches in breach of Rule 2.9," the WPBSA said in a statement.
The allegations related to seven matches played in 2008 and 2009, including one at the world championship.
A hearing will take place on September 24 to decide on the punishment for the former world number five who could face a life ban from the sport.
"The WPBSA have a zero tolerance approach to match-fixing," chairman Jason Ferguson said in a statement.
"His future participation in the sport is now in real doubt as he will face a significant sanction."
Lee was accused of giving inside information to associates, who then bet on the basis of it and passed it to others in their group to do the same.
The 38-year-old had denied the allegations which related to seven matches played in 2008 and 2009, including one at the world championship.
Lee has won five ranking tournaments since turning professional in 1992 but has been suspended by the WPBSA since October 2012, when ranked eighth in the world.