Thursday 18 January 2018

'Hurricane' sparks charity storm after abusing fans

Barry Duggan

LEGENDARY snooker player Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins has been dropped from a charity event in Limerick next month after he threatened a referee and left a 10-year-old boy in tears at a separate match.

The former snooker world champion is reported to also have verbally abused spectators, threatened to smash a snooker ball into a spectator's face and told the referee at last Thursday's exhibition match against Jimmy White, in Athy, Co, Kildare. that he would stick his cue "up your a***".

As a result, Limerick and North Tipperary Carers' Association, who had arranged for the 59-year-old to play in a charity match in Limerick next month, have dropped him from the schedule.

Brendan Coffey, acted as referee at last week's match and said Higgins behaved like a "mad man". "At one stage he picked up the cue like someone with a spear in Braveheart and said that if anyone annoyed him, he'd stab them in the chest with it.

Higgins later scolded a 10-year-old boy for apparently distracting him. The boy was reduced to tears. Cue Club Events, who were organising the Limerick match on March 21, confirmed Higgins has been dropped from the exhibition event.

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