Appeal over Lee ban is set for early next year

Stephen Lee’s appeal against his 12-year ban for match-fixing will begin at the end of January, snooker’s world governing body has announced.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) confirmed the appeal would be heard in two parts, the first of those to be held in London on January 30.

The former world No 5 has protested his innocence throughout the investigation into claims surrounding seven matches in 2008 and 2009, but was found guilty of fixing offences at an independent hearing.

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He was handed his long ban on September 25 and also ordered to pay £40,000 in costs.

Lee appealed the verdict in early October, after which WPBSA asked Sport Resolutions UK to manage the process and appoint an independent person to chair the committee.

Edwin Glasgow QC was subsequently appointed to head up the appeal hearing, with Peter Stockwell appointed as a second independent member.

At the time of imposing the longest ban in snooker history, the WPBSA said Lee was effectively facing the end of his career, considering he would be 50 before being eligible to return.