A snooker star with a 12-year ban could potentially return to the tables this year – Daily Star

A snooker star with a 12-year ban could potentially return to the tables this year – Daily Star

The controversy shook up the snooker world when Lee, who was ranked number eight in the world at the time, was ordered to pay £40,000 in costs. Now the teen sensation is taking his talents around the UK and Europe as he faces the big boys in the Premier League. Venues will be packed to see the new darting icon take on the biggest names in the sport over the next few months, including Luke Humphries, Michael van Gerwin, Michael Smith, Rob Cross, Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright, and Nathan Aspinall. Our special Premier League preview charts Littler’s astronomic rise, turns the spotlight on his rivals for the coveted title, includes an exclusive column from James Wade, interviews with legends of the game, current Premier League players, and PDC chairman Eddie Hearn – and it tells you everything you need to know about the tournament.

Almost 12 years on since his ban, Lee could potentially make a stunning return to the sport with his suspension finally coming to an end on October 12 this year, the same date as his 50th birthday. The Trowbridge ace has previously been asked whether he believes he could ever return to the sport and refused to rule out a comeback, however improbable it could be. “Should Stephen Lee be welcomed back into the world of snooker? I would like to say no, but I am still capable of playing,” he said back in 2022.

“Let’s see what happens in two years. It’s not a no, and not a yes. We can only just see what happens in a couple of years’ time.” Lee teased his involvement in potential events but did admit his age is now catching up with him.

“I have some exciting things coming up, and I’m also getting older. My eyes are getting worse, and I never had good eyes to start with. While his ban ends this year, a return still seems a long way away. The 2003 World Championship semi-finalist will also have to qualify for the main tour either via Qualifying School, the secondary amateur Q Tour, or events such as the WSF Championship.


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