Snooker player might be allowed to resume games
SUSPENDED snooker ace Stephen Lee could be allowed to return to the professional circuit while a match fixing probe is carried out.
Lee, the world number seven, who trains in Cheltenham, was suspended by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) after allegations of suspicious betting patterns were linked to a match between him and John Higgins.
The ban came only a week after Lee was told he would not face criminal charges over match-fixing allegations dating back to 2010.
Lee's manager Adam Quigley, who owns Pockets Snooker Club, in St George's Place, said his client denied any wrongdoing and would fight to clear his name.
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He also revealed they were filing an appeal over his initial suspension with the WPBSA which, if successful, would allow Lee to return to competitive matches while the investigation is ongoing.
He said: "We have filed an appeal and from what we understand it could take three to five days to go through.
"Hopefully it will mean Stephen can get back to playing, which will be the first step towards clearing his name."
The match under investigation, on October 11, resulted in a 4-2 victory to Higgins. Lee had looked likely to draw level at 3-3, but missed a pink and black combination. His performance was immediately questioned in a series of tweets by his West Country rival, Judd Trump.