Shamed Trowbridge snooker player Stephen Lee’s appeal against his 12-year ban from the sport is starting today.

In September, the former World No 5, was found guilty of fixing seven matches between 2008 and 2009. He was given the long ban and a £40,000 fine.

However, Lee, 38, of Birch Gardens, Hilperton, has maintained that he is innocent. The appeal hearing, being overseen by Edwin Glasgow QC, is taking place at an unspecified location in London.

Lee was investigated after being the subject of irregular betting from groups connected to former sponsor Paul Jones, a financial advisor, ex-manager Neil Clague and friend Ian McDougall of Staverton.

After they won £97,000, a payment of £40,000 was transferred into the account of Lee’s wife.