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  • Mark Allen is at it again

    This guy is such a clown.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/20529712


    Northern Irishman Mark Allen says the measures imposed on players regarding their behaviour is stifling the characters in snooker.

    Allen is serving a suspended ban for accusing China's Cao Yupeng of cheating during the 2012 World Championship.

    "I understand why measures have been brought in but it is bordering on a dictatorship," Allen told BBC Sport.

    "You need to have characters in the game but it is difficult for players to show their true personalities."

    The world number eight, 26, was fined £10,000 and given a three-month suspended ban after his 10-6 defeat in the first round at the Crucible to Cao where he accused his opponent of dishonesty after failing to declare an illegal push shot.

    "I have been criticised for it [speaking out] in the past, but I have always had an opinion. If more people did have an opinion, it would be better for the game in the long run," he said.

    "I don't regret the comments I have made, but the way I have made them. It was unfair of me to label all Chinese players as cheats but dishonesty in snooker is something that needs to be stamped out."

    Earlier this year, the governing body of the sport handed out a two-year ban to Joe Jogia after finding him guilty of breaching betting rules. They also suspended Stephen Lee pending investigations into suspicious betting surrounding a Premier League match and match-fixing allegations made back in 2010.

    At the time of imposing Allen's ban, World Snooker said it would only come into effect if Allen made any new breach of rules within six months, which comes to an end in December.

    However, the threat of a suspension from the sport and another heavy fine has not deterred the World Open champion from wanting to air his opinions in the future.

    "Once that [suspended ban] finishes, I will have a few more things to say," he explained.

    "Some stuff has happened in the last few months that I don't think is very good and not fair on certain people so no doubt I will be a spokesperson for the players.

    "There are definitely things I want to say but I need to get them out in the right way. I am itching to say these things."

    Allen begins this year's UK Championship campaign on Sunday with a first-round match against Hong Kong's Marco Fu, and will be looking to go one step further than last year when he lost 10-8 in the final to Judd Trump.

    Trump, 23, has since gone on to become the sport's world number one and, along with Allen, they look to be ones to take snooker forward after Stephen Hendry's retirement and Ronnie O'Sullivan's decision to withdraw for the remainder of the season.

    Allen is hoping he can emulate the success of the Bristol-born potter, and wants to strike up a competitive rivalry between the two.

    "I am trying to build a rivalry now between myself and Judd. I don't deserve that at the moment but if I keep going the way I am doing, then it could be one of the great rivalries of snooker," said Allen.

    "It is up to myself and Judd to push ahead and do that now. He is world number one and it is up to me to catch him and get the rivalry going.

    "Players like John Higgins and Mark Williams may not have too long left at the top now so me and Judd need to create a legacy for ourselves."

  • #2
    Good for him, a great player and he has the right to voice his opinions!

    Brian.
    Quote : It took me eight hours a day for 16 years to become an overnight sensation! Cliff Thorburn

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    • #3
      Brilliant! I agree with all of that and can only see snooker being the better for it in the long run!
      "It might not be on stats or titles but in terms of talent and the ability to play snooker erm......he's the best" Hendry's humbled words on Ronnie O'Sullivan.

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      • #4
        No, he should just play the game and be grateful he can make a good living out of it, no need to criticise the game or other players. It doesn't need bad boys or characters and he's jumping ahead of himself suggesting he will be the one rivalling the number one, he's won one ranking event and he's 13th in rankings this season so either needs some good results or will be dropping outside the top 10 at least soon.

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        • #5
          Allen should just focus on his snooker and forget being a 'spokesperson for the players'. It doesn't suit him in the least.

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          • #6
            I totally back Allen! He's doing exactly the right thing speaking his mind. He's very honest and people don't always like it. We don't need more Shaun Murphys who only blabber diplomatic waffle.

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            • #7
              Mark Allen is at it again

              Never like him and never will. To say he could be the one to rival judd is laughable as well.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Looki View Post
                I totally back Allen! He's doing exactly the right thing speaking his mind. He's very honest and people don't always like it. We don't need more Shaun Murphys who only blabber diplomatic waffle.
                He might be honestly speaking his mind, don't mean he's correct. Marco Fu isn't a cheat. And having a go at Cao Yupeng is just sour grapes from Mark Allen. He lost a game, and threw his toys out of his pram. He seems to think he's a man of the people, or a bad boy. He's not, he's just a twat.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SnookerFan View Post
                  He might be honestly speaking his mind, don't mean he's correct. Marco Fu isn't a cheat. And having a go at Cao Yupeng is just sour grapes from Mark Allen. He lost a game, and threw his toys out of his pram. He seems to think he's a man of the people, or a bad boy. He's not, he's just a twat.
                  Has he called Marco Fu a cheat?

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                  • #10
                    Not exactly the Times but a link nonetheless...

                    http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/919314-...ead-of-rematch

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                    • #11
                      Mark Allen is at it again

                      What happened to freedom of speech in this country. He cocked up and paid the price.....he is likely to cock up again but at least he has the b0110cks to say what he thinks.
                      You may defeat me but I will fight you to the very end!!!!

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                      • #12
                        It doesn't take balls to be stupid or talk stupid.

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                        • #13
                          He seems to have elected himself spokesperson which is
                          pretty foolish in my opinion.

                          He needs to growup and lead by example and play snooker.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ains147 View Post
                            Never like him and never will. To say he could be the one to rival judd is laughable as well.


                            Hows it laughable exactly? Allen is more than capable of rivaling the flavour of the month.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by narl View Post
                              Hows it laughable exactly? Allen is more than capable of rivaling the flavour of the month.
                              Judd is hardly a flavour of the month.

                              He won the China Open in April 2011, was the runner up of the World Championship in May. Became the UK Champion in December 2011, won the International Open. He won the International Championship in November 2012, thus becoming the World Number one.

                              He's not my favourite player, but you've got to admit, that's a hell of a long month.

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