24 Apr 2012

Snooker player faces ban for comments

11:41 am on 24 April 2012

Northern Irishman Mark Allen has been warned he could face a ban after alleging that Chinese snooker players are guilty of "blatant cheating".

Allen told a media conference after losing to China's Cao Yupeng in the first round of the world snooker championship in Sheffield his opponent should have called a foul against himself at a crucial point in the match.

Responding to the comments, World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has urged the disciplinary committee of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association to discipline Allen.

Allen, who was recently fined a thousand pounds for comments made at the Haikou World Open last month, has been advised by the WPBSA that they will be writing to him to initiate disciplinary proceedings.