World Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is unconvinced that Stephen Lee is the only snooker player involved in match fixing.

Lee was found guilty of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009 on Monday and faces the possibility of a lifetime ban when his punishment is announced next Tuesday. 

However O'Sullivan, who won his fifth world title earlier this year, believes there may be many others out there guilty of throwing snooker matches.

"I've heard there's many more players who throw snooker matches .. I suppose Steve Lee was just caught out," the 37-year-old tweeted.

A further tweet added: "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 hiding."

Former world number five Lee had denied the allegations of match fixing, but it was concluded that he purposefully lost games against Ken Doherty and Marco Fu at the 2008 Malta Cup.

The tribunal in Bristol last week also found him guilty of agreeing to lose the first frame against both Stephen Hendry and Mark King at the 2008 UK Championship.

Furthermore, it was found he agreed to lose matches by a pre-determined score to Neil Robertson at the 2008 Malta Cup and to Mark Selby at the 2009 China Open.

It has not been suggested that any other player was in any way involved. 

"His (Lee's) future participation in the sport is now in real doubt as he will face a significant sanction," said World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) chairman Jason Ferguson in a statement.

O'Sullivan added that his assertions were likely to put him in trouble with snooker's bosses.

"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 in a further tweet.

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