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SNOOKER: Wiltshire's Lee will appeal 12-year ban
6:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
STEPHEN Lee is to appeal against his 12-year ban from snooker and the findings of a tribunal into match-fixing, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has announced.
Former world number five Lee, a regular at the 147 Club on Station Road, has insisted on his innocence throughout the investigation into claims surrounding seven matches in 2008 and 2009.
Trowbridge-based Lee, who turns 39 on Saturday, was found guilty of fixing offences at an independent hearing arranged by Sport Resolutions UK and served with his long ban on September 25.
He was also ordered to pay £40,000 in costs.
The sport's governing body said in a statement on Wednesday: “The WPBSA has received notice of appeal from solicitors representing Stephen Lee.
“He is appealing against the finding of the tribunal, the sanction and the costs awarded. The WPBSA has asked Sport Resolutions UK to manage the appeal process and appoint an independent QC to chair the appeals committee.”