Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Mark Allen fined over UK Championship outburst

Mark Allen

Mark Allen has been fined £250 and warned as to his future behaviour after he swore during a rant directed at World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn during last month's williamhill.com UK Championship in York.

The Northern Irishman said following his first-round victory over Adrian Gunnell that Hearn's attitude was that "the players don't really matter, so **** the players".

Allen's outburst was referred to the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association's disciplinary committee, while Hearn described his comments as "slanderous".

The WPBSA said in a statement released today: "Mark Allen has been fined £250 and warned as to his future behaviour by the disciplinary committee of the WPBSA.

"This was for swearing at a live press conference during the williamhill.com UK Championship in York in December 2011."

World Snooker confirmed that Allen, who went on to lose in the UK Championship final to Judd Trump, had accepted the punishment. He had already apologised for swearing during the press conference while defending his right to give his opinions on the sport.

Janie Watkins, the media manager for Allen's management company On Q Promotions, told Press Association Sport: "Mark has subsequently had a meeting with Barry Hearn, just before the WPBSA AGM in December, where Barry explained where he was coming from and Mark explained where he was coming from and they parted as good mates.

"It's over and put to bed and this was just tying up the loose ends."

During the press conference which followed the Gunnell match, Allen said: "Whenever Barry came in, one of the first things he said was that the World Championships, UK and Masters wouldn't be touched. Only 18 months later, the UK format has changed.

"I don't think he's pleasing too many players, but anyone who voted for him has only got themselves to blame. I wasn't one of them.

"He (Hearn) needs to get away from the darts factor. It's getting close to that. I think in the long run he'll probably do good for snooker, but not for my generation. It's time to let someone else have a go."