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Mark Allen 'will not be back' as 'hate/hate' relationship continues with German Masters

By Gareth Hanna

Mark Allen says his 'hate / hate' relationship with the German Masters is alive and well after his first round exit in Berlin.

Just 10 days after his Dafabet Masters success, the Antrim man was edged out 5-4 by world number 45 Matthew Selt. Allen went 4-2 behind but fought back, helped by breaks of 72 and 100, to force a deciding leg.

It was the Englishman who held his nerve to overcome the 37 world-ranking gap and claim the win on Wednesday night.

Afterwards, Allen voiced his frustrations on Twitter in his typically straight-talking manner. He even said he wouldn't be returning to the tournament until changes are made.

"So (my) hate/hate affair with the German masters continues," he explained. "Seriously hate the event!! So distracting for all players who aren’t on table 1. Will not be back at the event until the setup changes!! Shootout up next in a week

"Such a shame by the way about Germany as it has the potential to be amazing!!! Great venue and packed crowds every day. Setup must change though".

The Coral Shootout begins in Watford next Thursday (February 8) and runs to the following Sunday (February 11).

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