World Snooker WPBSA Statement – Stephen Lee
On 2 October 2012 the Crown Prosecution Service announced that there will be no criminal proceedings in the match fixing allegations against Stephen Lee made in 2010. Following this decision by the CPS, the WPBSA started its own investigation into these allegations.
On 5 October 2012 the WPBSA met with the Gambling Commission in order to review material collected by the Gambling Commission which may prove relevant to the WPBSA investigation.
The WPBSA is now in the process of conducting a thorough enquiry into the circumstances and this will be led by Nigel Mawer, the Chairman of the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee.
On 12 October 2012, the WPBSA was informed of suspicious betting patterns relating to a game between Stephen Lee and John Higgins played on 11 October 2012. This suspicious activity has also been referred to Nigel Mawer, the Chairman of the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee.
The WPBSA have carefully considered both the initial information from the Gambling Commission which was reviewed on 5th October 2012 and the new information regarding suspicious betting patterns in relation to the match between Stephen Lee and John Higgins from 11 October 2012.
The WPBSA have concluded that it would not be appropriate for Stephen Lee to continue to compete on the World Snooker Tour whilst these investigations are undertaken and therefore WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson has taken the decision to suspend Stephen from competition whilst this inquiry is ongoing.
Subject to his right to appeal, this suspension will remain in place until either the conclusion of the investigation or any resultant hearings.
Date: Friday October 12, 2012
Contact: Ivan Hirschowitz, World Snooker media office, 07766 656133
My thoughts on the mater:
I really can’t believe knowing Stephen well that any of the above will be proven.
He’s not short of a quid and has risen in the ranking due to a lot of hard work and i know
he wouldn’t put that at risk for a bet.
I also don’t really understand how the other person mentioned isn’t suspended as well and it must be because the
accusers know there’s not enough evidence or they are being lenient yet again due to his previous case.
They should sort this out behind the scene and then make a final judgement instead of how they do it.
just my thoughts