Snooker: Lee targets Crucible return

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STEPHEN Lee has submitted an entry for next month’s World Championship but must clear his name of match-fixing allegations by the end of March to stand any hope of playing in Sheffield.

Lee has been suspended from snooker since October, initially due to an ongoing investigation into suspicious betting on his Premier League match with John Higgins. Higgins is under no suspicion.

Lee was told by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association on February 14 he has “a case to answer” following a separate investigation into match-fixing, and he has remained off the tour. He is facing allegations that he breached WPBSA rules in eight matches spanning four tournaments. As with the probe into his match against Higgins, he protests his innocence and is determined to return to the circuit.