Banned Stephen Lee must pay extra £20k in costs after failed appeal

Wiltshire Times: Stephen Lee, who has been banned from professional snooker for 12 years Stephen Lee, who has been banned from professional snooker for 12 years

Trowbridge snooker player Stephen Lee must pay an additional £20,000 in costs to the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, following his unsuccessful appeal against his 12-year ban from the sport.

Lee, 39, of Birch Gardens, Hilperton, was given the ban last September after being found guilty of seven charges of match-fixing dating back to 2008 and 2009.

The two-part appeal, which concluded in May, was against the finding, sanction and the costs order imposed by Adam Lewis QC, but was dismissed by appeal tribunal chairman Nicholas Stewart QC.

Mr Stewart has now delivered his ruling on the costs of the final part of Lee's appeal against his finding that he was in breach of the WPBSA Rules for match and spot fixing.

He said that Lee failed completely in his appeal and has ordered that in addition to costs orders already made against him, he must pay the WPBSA £20,000 towards its costs of this appeal.

This means that Lee owes the WPBSA £75,000 in costs from the original hearing, £30,000 from the first part of his appeal and a further £20,000 from the second part of his appeal, a total of £125,000.

Lee, a former world number five, has continually protested his innocence. He is banned from snooker until October 12, 2024 – his 50th birthday.

The WPBSA said he was involved in “the worst case of snooker corruption we’ve seen”.

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