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Sunday 17 December 2017

Allen does not expect new charge

Mark Allen lost 6-3 to Marco Fu in York
Mark Allen lost 6-3 to Marco Fu in York

Mark Allen is confident he will avoid another charge of bringing snooker into disrepute after standing by his claim that Marco Fu and a number of Chinese players have cheated and got away with it.

The 26-year-old Northern Irishman first levelled the allegation during the World Championship and, after being drawn to face Fu at the UK Championship, he was asked last Wednesday whether he and the Hong Kong cueman had taken a chance to discuss the issue.

Allen said they had not talked it over and stressed he had not altered his view. Asked whether he anticipated a fresh charge, Allen said: "No, I don't."

Fu denies ever cheating and has never been found guilty of such a transgression - nor have any of the accused Chinese players - and on Sunday night he was not for gloating after beating Allen 6-3 in the first round of the UK Championship in York.

Fu even said he would not want to see Allen banished from the tour for any length of time, which was a prospect that arose when it became apparent the Antrim cueman's reiteration of his stance came on the day before the six-month probation period ended on a three-month suspended ban imposed following the claims in April. Allen had also been fined £10,000 for his remarks about Fu and Chinese players.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association have asked Allen to explain his latest comments. But Allen has sought out WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson and expects no further action to occur.

Allen added: "I'm pretty happy where I stand with Jason (Ferguson) and Jason's pretty happy with where I stand in the game so I don't think I have any problems."

Asked about the situation with Fu, and whether there was any "grudge" aspect to their match, Allen added: "It was just another match. We've both moved on. People make mistakes and I make mistakes like anyone else. It's just one of those things."

There appeared little animosity between the pair as they shook hands following Fu's impressive performance at the Barbican Centre.

Allen said of his loss: "I'm obviously disappointed to go out of such a tournament so early but I just got completely outplayed. Marco started really well and I never really recovered. If he plays like that he's got a chance of winning the tournament."

Press Association

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