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Foul-mouthed Allen riles snooker bosses

By John Skilbeck

Mark Allen could be charged with bringing the game into disrepute after he used “inappropriate language” during a post-match tirade against World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn.

The Antrim cueman was heavily critical of the decision to shorten the early rounds of the UK Championship.

Allen was a first-round victor over Adrian Gunnell and faces Ali Carter in the last 16 tonight.

A statement from World Snooker yesterday read: “Following Mark Allen's use of inappropriate language in his press conference at the UK Championship, he has been referred to the World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association's disciplinary committee as he is in breach of tournament rules and could be charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

“World Snooker's governing body, the WPBSA, expects its members to behave in a manner which is appropriate to their status as professional sportsmen.

“At a time when our sport is growing fast on a global scale and we are encouraging greater participation among young people, we expect players to be role models and take the issue of their behaviour very seriously.”

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson defended the new-look structure of the tournament.

He said: “We consult with players and try to be available at venues and, up until yesterday, Mark Allen had not expressed anything about the changes.

“I can see his argument but the format hasn't changed.”

Meanwhile, Ronnie O'Sullivan bowed out of the £625,000 tournament yesterday and claimed he needs to end his career if he is to have a life away from snooker.

O'Sullivan was beaten 6-5 in the second round by rising star Judd Trump.

“I thought I applied myself today, I feel in a good place and I don't want to take the shine off Judd but I seriously can't see me having much longer playing,” O'Sullivan said.

“Even though I'm in a good frame of mind, I don't want to feel how I feel when I play.

“My game is not up to scratch, where I would like it to be or where it used to be.

“It's not even playing, it's how I feel in between matches and tournaments.

“It leaves me feeling quite nervy and anxious and I've had enough of the anxious moments.

“Having those emotions going round in general, I find quite difficult. I feel really well, the best I have ever done, I just feel sometimes the truth needs to be told.

“I want to enjoy my life. I feel like I've had a good go, I'm 36 and I would like to meet somebody and share my time with someone.

“When I'm feeling the way I feel between tournaments I find that very difficult to happen. I think there's more to life, or there is for me.

“To be the real Ronnie, I need to get away from what's causing the problem.”

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