Stephen Lee's appeal dismissed

22:18:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

No mercy for Lee
Today, the World Professional Billiards&Snooker Association has released a statement regarding Stephen Lee's latest appeal against the match-fixing allegations which concluded with dreadful 12 years ban from playing snooker professionally.

The statement reads:

Nicholas Stewart QC, sitting as The Appeals Committee, has considered the submissions made by all parties in the final part of Stephen Lee's appeal against his finding that he was in breach of the WPBSA Rules for match and spot fixing in connection with seven matches in 2008-9. The appeal was against the finding, sanction and the costs order imposed by Adam Lewis QC in September 2013.

Today Mr Stewart has delivered his decision and he has dismissed the appeal. In addition he has increased the costs order in relation to the hearing before Adam Lewis QC from £40,000 to £75,000. The term of the suspension remains at a period of twelve years. This means that Stephen Lee will continue to be unable to compete in professional snooker before 12th October 2024.

The costs in relation to the appeal hearing on Monday are yet to be determined.

The rulings made by Edwin Glasgow QC sitting with Peter Stockwell and Nicholas Stewart QC are available in full below.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: "The WPBSA has taken no pride in dealing with this very unpleasant situation. It is however critical that the integrity of our sport is preserved and we are pleased this case has finally been resolved".

Lee vs WPBSA (Appeal) Final Decision is the decision of Mr Stewart released earlier today click here
Lee vs WPBSA - Final Decision - The Bias Issue is the decision of Mr Glasgow released 25 February click here
Lee vs WPBSA - Decision on Costs and Recusal released on 12 March  click here