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Mark Selby SUPPORTS Shaun Murphy’s claim after shocking UK Championship exit

“ Many players agree with him … I totally agree with everything he said ”: Mark Selby, the world’s number one snooker, SUPPORTS Shaun Murphy’s claim that fans should not be able to participate in professional tournaments after his surprising departure from the UK.

  • Shaun Murphy was defeated 6-5 by fan Si Jiahui in the UK Championship
  • Jiahui was allowed to enter through the ‘recharge’ system to complete the field of 128
  • Murphy argued after the game that fans shouldn’t be able to play in professional tournaments since they don’t play under the same pressure.
  • Mark Selby agrees, stating that spots on the pro tour must be earned


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Reigning world snooker champion and number one player in the ranking, Mark Selby, agrees with Shaun Murphy’s opinion that amateurs should not be allowed to play in professional tournaments.

World No. 6 Murphy made headlines on Wednesday after an extraordinary spiel following his first-round elimination at the UK Championship by 19-year-old fan Si Jiahui.

The World Snooker tour has allowed players like Si to enter the UK Championship through the ‘reload’ system, whereby if 128 professionals are not available, fans can fill in the slots. The same system is also used in other tournaments.

Shaun Murphy was unhappy after his first round loss at the UK Championship this week.

Shaun Murphy was unhappy after his first round loss at the UK Championship this week.

Mark Selby put all his weight behind Murphy

Mark Selby put all his weight behind Murphy

Mark Selby put all his weight behind Murphy

Murphy argued that this creates an unfair advantage as fans “are not playing under the same pressure,” and Selby agrees.

“I think a lot of players agree with him,” said the four-time world champion. BBC Sport. ‘Because [Shaun] He said it after losing, people probably think they are sour grapes and he wouldn’t have said it if he had won, but I totally support everything he said.

‘There is a reason why there is a Q [qualifying] School to try to move on [the professional tour], and if you don’t get on, you should wait another year and play in the amateur events. ‘

Three-time world champion Mark Williams also agrees with Murphy.

He said BBC Sport: ‘I texted him [Jason] Ferguson [World Snooker chairman] the other day he said: “If you’re going to have recharges, stop having recharges in all tournaments.” How is that fair? There is no pressure and they are rolling freely ”.

After his defeat, Murphy angrily told him BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘I feel extremely bad that I lost to someone who shouldn’t even be in the building.

“I don’t know why we as a sport allow amateurs to compete in professional tournaments. This is our livelihood. This is our living. We are self-employed and not contracted athletes. We don’t play for a team.

Si Jiahui, 19, scored a memorable victory over former world champion Murphy

Si Jiahui, 19, scored a memorable victory over former world champion Murphy

Si Jiahui, 19, scored a memorable victory over former world champion Murphy

‘The other runners and cyclists in the tournament, it is also their livelihood. In my opinion, it is wrong to bump into someone who is not playing with the same pressures and concerns as me.

“He played as a man who doesn’t care about anything in the world, because he doesn’t care about anything in the world. It’s not fair, it’s not right. Fans should not be allowed in professional tournaments, in the end.

‘This is our way of life. This is how I put food on the table. This is how I earn money. Since turning pro at 15, I have earned the right to call myself a professional pool player. He has not done that. It shouldn’t be on the table. ‘

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