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Stephen Lee to appeal 12-year ban for match-fixing?

Stephen Lee will appeal against the 12-year ban handed to him for match-fixing.

Snooker player Stephen Lee has decided to appeal against the 12-year ban issued to him for match-fixing.

The 38-year-old was given his punishment this morning after he was found guilty of fixing seven matches over four competitions between 2008 and 2009.

The former world number five has maintained his innocence throughout and has decided to try to overturn the decision by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, according to Sky Sports News.

If Lee's appeal fails, then the player will be 50 years old when he is permitted to compete again.

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