Lee to face punishment
Stephen Lee is facing up to the possibility of a lifetime ban from snooker when he receives his punishment after being found guilty of match-fixing last week.
In a case that has rocked the world of snooker, the 38-year-old former world number five is, at the very least, facing a significant sanction due to his involvement in fixing seven matches.
Lee was initially charged following an investigation into eight matches - four at the Malta Cup in 2008, two at the UK Championship in 2008, and one each at the China Open and the World Championship in 2009.
He was suspended last October and an independent hearing was arranged by Sport Resolutions UK.
In a statement, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association confirmed: "The allegations were serious and related to match-fixing or the provision of inside information to enable persons to win money by betting on those matches.
"The matches in question were three matches in the Malta Cup 2008, two matches at the UK Championship 2008, one at the China Open 2009 and one at the World Championship 2009."
The WPBSA asked Sport Resolutions UK to appoint an independent QC to hear the available evidence. Adam Lewis QC was appointed to hear the case - which was heard in Bristol two weeks ago.
Lewis ruled: "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 verdict led to reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan to express his belief that Lee is not the only snooker player guilty of match-fixing.
"I've heard there's many more players who throw snooker matches .. I suppose Steve lee was just caught out," said the former world number one on Twitter.
O'Sullivan quickly backtracked on his comments and claimed his only knowledge of match-fixing stems from second-hand accounts dating back several years, and before Barry Hearn took the helm of World Snooker in December 2009.