O'Sullivan claims 'plenty' are cheating

Updated: Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 14:02

World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan does not believe Stephen Lee is the only snooker player guilty of match-fixing.

Lee, who had a career high ranking of fifth in the world, was found guilty of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009.

The case is the latest to rock the world of snooker and Lee is facing up to the possibility of a lifetime ban next Tuesday.

Yet O'Sullivan, who won his fifth world title earlier this year despite a significant break away from the sport, believes this may just be the tip of the iceberg.

"I've heard there's many more players who throw snooker matches .. I suppose Steve lee was just caught out," said the former world number one on Twitter.

"I just love putting it out there bring it all out in the open.. Nothing like a bit of transparency is what I say.."

"No need to worry if you got nothing to hide. But plenty of people have got loads to hide. That's why there is no free speech . There (sic) hiding."

O'Sullivan, no stranger to controversy, admitted his latest remarks are likely to land him in hot water with snooker chiefs.

"They will prob fine me for talking about it.. They don't like you doing that.. Like to keep things under the carpet.." he added.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association will not confirm Lee's punishment until next Tuesday but chairman Jason Ferguson warned: "His future participation in the sport is now in real doubt as he will face a significant sanction."

Lee was suspended last October pending a hearing by Adam Lewis QC, which took place in Bristol last week.

Lewis ruled: "Stephen Lee is found guilty of agreeing an arrangement...[and of] ...accepting or receiving or offering to receive... payment or... other...benefit...in connection with influencing the outcome or conduct of each of the seven matches in breach of Rule 2.9."