‘How’s that fair?’ said Shaun Murphy in response to two snooker legends’ controversial comments.
Shaun Murphy’s recent controversial remarks have been backed up by two of snooker’s biggest names.
Mark Selby and Mark Williams have both defended Shaun Murphy’s comments about amateur players being allowed to compete in professional events.
Murphy was knocked out in the first round of the UK Championship by Chinese amateur Si Jiahui, 6-5.
“I’m going to sound like a grumpy old man, but that young man shouldn’t be in the tournament,” Murphy said on BBC Radio 5 Live following his defeat.
It isn’t right or fair.
“I feel cheated because I lost to someone who shouldn’t even be in the building.”
“I’m not sure why we allow amateurs to compete in professional tournaments as a sport.”
This is our source of income.
“This is how we make a living.”
We are not contract athletes; we are self-employed individuals.
“We don’t belong to a team.”
Many snooker fans slammed Murphy after his post-match outburst, accusing him of’sour grapes’ in the wake of his humiliating loss.
The 39-year-old did, however, receive support from his fellow snooker players, with Selby and Williams agreeing with Murphy’s criticism of amateur participation in some of the sport’s biggest events.
“I think a lot of players agree with him,” said world No. 1 Selby.
“People probably think it’s sour grapes because he [Murphy] said it after he lost, and he wouldn’t have said it if he had won – but I totally stand by everything he said.”
Selby went on to say that if amateur players want to compete in professional events, they should only qualify through Q school.
“There’s a reason there’s a Q School to try to get on [the professional tour], and if you don’t get on, you should have to wait another year and play in amateur tournaments,” he continued.
Williams, like Selby, echoed these sentiments by criticizing the tournament’s current format, which allows amateurs, and claimed that he had been “saying it for years.”
“I have been saying it for years,” the three-time world champion said.
It’s a 128-man tour, and we’ve never had that many people sign up.
“Definitely, I believe it should be smaller.”
That is what I believe.
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