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Hearn: We know everything
World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn believes the guilty verdict in Stephen Lee's case sounds a warning to any player tempted to engage in match-fixing - "We know everything".
Lee has been found guilty by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association of fixing seven matches in 2008 and 2009. His sanction will be announced next Tuesday, but WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson warned "his future participation in the sport is now in real doubt".
And Hearn welcomed evidence of the sport's zero-tolerance approach to corruption.
He told Press Association Sport: "I'm very happy that they've found that snooker is a clean sport, that we can react when somebody breaks our rules. Stephen Lee was world number five but he broke the rules.
"The message is quite clear. Stephen Lee was a very good snooker player, earning a great deal of money, and in today's world of more and more snooker events and more and more opportunities, what he's lost far outweighs the short-term gain that may have been involved at the time.
"That's the message to young players: we will watch every single game, we do employ a great integrity unit, the envy of most sports, we have a great relationship with gambling commissions around the world - we know everything.
"We will find out, we will pursue and they will get found out, and the punishment will follow.
"Without integrity in sport, there is no sport."
Outspoken world number 10 Mark Allen has not always seen eye to eye with Hearn, but agreed with his calls for a strong deterrent.
Allen wrote on Twitter: "It's took (sic) a long time but glad the Stephen Lee case is drawing to a close. Absolutely no place for that in our sport!! Lifetime ban I hope!!"
Three of the matches involved in Lee's case took place at the 2008 Malta Cup, the round-robin format of which creates the possibility of dead rubbers and, arguably, a greater risk of corruption.
However, Lee was also found guilty of fixing frames at the same year's UK Championship and a match against Ryan Day at the 2009 World Championship.
And Hearn said: "I think if you're mindful to go down this road, there are opportunities every time you take part in any competitive match.
"Round robins? Yes, arguably there's more opportunity, but frankly once you've gone down that road you can break rules in any match you choose - one of the cases was in the World Snooker Championship itself."
About the involvement of such a high-profile player - Lee has won five ranking titles stretching back to the 1998 Grand Prix - he added: "I'm disappointed more than shocked.
"We all know the problems in other sports - whether it be cricket, whether it be athletics - it seems to me that there are so many opportunities these days to break rules.
"Our job is to educate younger players to know the rules exist and to make sure that if they break the rules, the punishment should fit the crime. That is the zero tolerance within the sport of snooker."
India cricketer Sreesanth was recently banned for life for spot-fixing at the Indian Premier League, while track and field - and sprinting in particular - has suffered from a recent spate of failed drug tests.