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    From this month's Snooker Scene:

    Mike Russell was facing disciplinary action from the WPBSA after various incidents in the 12 day festival of billiards at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds.

    The complaints mostly arose from Russell's reluctance to observe the ban on players drinking alcohol during matches.

    During the Jim Williamson Trophy, the joint tournament director, Steve Starkie, warned Russell that this ban would be enforced without exception.

    However, when Starkie had cause to speak to him again, Russell responded with a volley of abuse which allegedly included a threat to use his cue for a purpose for which it was never intended.

    The other joint tournament director, Clive Scott, issued a formal warning to Russell later when the atmosphere was less heated although another incident arose when a friend of Russell's purchased a glass of vodka and lemonade and placed it in his corner.

    However, the glass disappeared before it could be established that Russell had drunk from it.

    An official complaint against Russell has been submitted by Robert Marshall following their second round match in the Jim Wiliamson Trophy.

    For reasons that are not clear, Russell refused Marshall's offer of a handshake at the start of the match and there was no handshake at the end of it either.

    Marshall told Russell that his behaviour ill befitted a many times world champion; Russell suggested resolving their differences in the car park.

    Russell must also answer libel proceedings commenced by Peter Ainsworth, the long serving and much respected EASB company secretary, following highly defamatory remarks in a website posting.

    Though eventually taken down, these could be read for more than 24 hours at a time when the World Billiards Championships would have been attracting even more visitors than usual to this site.

    Ainsworth's solicitors, Ward Hadaway, have sent Russell the customary 'letter before action' to warn him that damages and costs, an unqualified apology, and a retraction will be sought for the hurt, distress and harm to reputation that their client has suffered.
    If the snooker player's fines are anything to go by, that will be a biggie...
    Last edited by sberry; 6th December 2012, 08:26 PM.

  • #2
    Sounds like he had a good time !!
    Still trying to pot as many balls as i can !

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    • #3
      use his cue for a purpose for which it was never intended

      Open the top windows?
      It's hard to pot balls with a Chimpanzee tea party going on in your head

      Wibble

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GeordieDS View Post
        use his cue for a purpose for which it was never intended

        Open the top windows?
        Wrapping round someones head comes to mind

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mattyshinobi22 View Post
          Originally posted by GeordieDS View Post
          use his cue for a purpose for which it was never intended

          Open the top windows?
          Wrapping round someones head comes to mind

          Inserting it somewhere more than likely.

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          • #6
            I doubt we'll see fines to the level of snooker, I doubt billiard players make enough in winnings to cover that amount of money. Has he always been this way? Or is it an attempt to be the Alex Higgins of Billiards and bring more attention to the game?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mattyshinobi22 View Post
              Wrapping round someones head comes to mind
              That's crazy....why damage your cue when you can use a rest?
              It's hard to pot balls with a Chimpanzee tea party going on in your head

              Wibble

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              • #8
                Originally posted by narl View Post
                Inserting it somewhere more than likely.
                Can you imagine how nervous Mike Russels future opponents are going to be now when he starts turning up with his case in one hand and WD40 in the other
                It's hard to pot balls with a Chimpanzee tea party going on in your head

                Wibble

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                • #9
                  Lol.......
                  Still trying to pot as many balls as i can !

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                  • #10
                    splendid post - i like the offered to sort it in the car park!
                    https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/adr147

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                    • #11
                      Does Mike Russell post on here? I think someone said at one point he did and still does.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by narl View Post
                        Does Mike Russell post on here? I think someone said at one point he did and still does.
                        different mike russell.
                        https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/adr147

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                        • #13
                          It's World Billiards Championships time again and after the qualifiers and 150-up sprints the main event has now started, live scoring and streaming should be on the World Billiards website.

                          However, arguably the best player of the modern game Mike Russell will not be taking part as instead of learning from last year's debacle as per the OP he went one better this year, assaulting a female delegate on arrival and threatening to assault everyone else and so has been suspended by the WPBSA.

                          http://www.world-billiards.com/?p=7041

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                          • #14
                            The short game World Billiards Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre Leeds has seen David Causier who is probably the finest player of open play English billiards in the world win the title conceding only 2 games in the 6 rounds contested. His entertaining style and ability to come out with spectacular in shots at the right time make him a fine advert for the game. Even with the absence of Mike Russell who is the modern game equivalent of the greatest of all players Walter Lindrum Causiers superiority cannot be denied.
                            The long game 400 up starts today and can be followed on http://www.world-billiards.com/ .
                            The strong Indian contingent will be chasing the title currently held by Pankaj Advani who many will know is now compting with some success on the snooker circuit.

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                            • #15
                              In this instance, as far a billiards the game is concerned, it seems no publicity is bad publicity!

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