STEPHEN LEE has suffered a setback in his appeal against a 12-year ban for match-fixing.
The 39-year-old from Trowbridge, who won five ranking titles, has seen his claims of bias against original tribunal chair Adam Lewis QC thrown out.
Lee had alleged that Lewis’s position had been compromised by doing work for Leyton Orient Football Club, owned by World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn.
The appeal remains only part-heard – with Lee also claiming unfairness before a possible challenge to the conviction, sentence and £40,000 costs award.
A World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association statement read: “The Appeals Committee have considered the evidence and submissions made by all parties in the first part of Stephen Lee’s appeal against his conviction for match fixing.
“Today they have delivered their decision and they have dismissed this aspect of his appeal. A new date will be set to hear the remainder of his appeal.”
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