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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Mark Allen in hot water over China tweets

Snooker authorities are set to review Mark Allen's comments on Twitter

Mark Allen could find himself in trouble with snooker authorities again after a series of Twitter outbursts about China.

Allen, no stranger to controversy having clashed with World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn and been fined for swearing in a press conference, is in Beijing for the Haikou China Open.

He tweeted: "This place is horrendous! Dead cat found this morning. Any wonder this place stinks! Must be dead cats all round the town!!"

The Daily Mirror reports he then wrote: "Journey a nightmare. People are ignorant. Place stinks. Arena's rubbish, tables poor, food is horrendous. Other than that I love China."

That tweet was later removed, and replaced with one saying: "Might've been a bit harsh a few hours ago in my tweet. Not all Chinese people are ignorant. I stand by everything else though."

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson described the comments as "extremely disappointing" and said his organisation would take a look at them.

He told the Daily Mirror: "Mark Allen's comments are extremely disappointing considering that China is a great friend of our sport.

"There has been a massive effort from China to support our players and I am sure this is an isolated view from one player.

"Our players must understand that their views expressed in the public arena can have a catastrophic effect on the game's development.

"These comments will now be reviewed by the WPBSA disciplinary committee."

Allen later tweeted again, saying: "From now on I will be a robot with no opinions or feelings. Hope that keeps everyone off my back for a while. Peace out!!!"

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