British snooker legend arrested
UK snooker legend Stephen Lee is the next famous sportsman to be accused, who is the latest capture of the British drive versus sports betting corruption. The 35-year old snooker ace was detained by the police force on suspicion of dubious betting patters. Later he was released, which implicates that he will return to court in three or four months.
Despite the fact that Lee had been questioned by the police, he had not been formally charged, which isn’t likely to happen, according to the snooker star’s spokesmen. The snooker ace was detained on suspicion regarding cheating after a joint operation by the UK Gambling Commission and the West Midlands police, the Guardian revealed.
Gambling Act 2005
Lee was arrested under section 42 of the Gambling Act 2005, which dictates: ‘A person commits an offence if he (a) cheats at gambling, or (b) does anything for the purpose of enabling or assisting another person to cheat at gambling.’
World Snooker, the commercial division of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), declared to await further reports. “We closely monitor the recent news regarding match-fixing and await future developments. When the Gambling Commission starts an investigation into a match, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association cooperates with the Commission to support their enquiries, and the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association will keep their investigation open in anticipation of the conclusion. Nevertheless, both the WPBSA and the Commission will not announce details as long as the investigation is open,” World Snooker stated.