Peter Lines is fined after offering a rival a fight outside, but he keeps his snooker board job.


After offering a rival a fight outside, Peter Lines was fined, but he keeps his snooker board job.

After an ugly incident with Xiao Guodong last year, where a flashpoint arose over the replacement of the white ball, Peter Lines has been punished.

Despite being fined for an ugly incident with Xiao Guodong, WPBSA board member Peter Lines remains controversially in two key positions on the governing body.

An independent panel found the 52-year-old from Leeds guilty of two breaches of conduct rules relating to a Northern Ireland qualifier against Xiao in August.

Lines was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay nearly £5,500 in costs for breaking player conduct rules and bringing the game into disrepute. He first turned pro in 1991.

Following a ‘foul and miss’ award against Xiao by top referee Brendan Moore, there was a flashpoint during the match over the replacement of the white ball.

Following a 4-3 loss and a four-letter outburst accusing his opponent of cheating, China’s Xiao, 32, and his management team claimed Lines asked him “outside for a fight.”

As a result, the former Shanghai Masters and Shootout finalist filed a formal complaint with the World Snooker Tour alleging “abuse received.”

Prior to this meltdown, current world No82 Lines, a former ranking-event semi-finalist, had a spotless career – and his work with the WPBSA has been lauded.

However, it’s unclear whether Lines is still an appropriate member of the WPBSA’s two boards – one dealing with players and the other with governance.

Should a snooker player be allowed to use his or her cues if he or she is offered a fight outside?

“At this time, Peter has not expressed any intention to step down from his positions with the WPBSA,” said WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson.

“Only the members have the power to remove him from those positions.”

“Peter Lines was charged with breaches of the WPBSA Members Rules following his match with Xiao Guodong at the 2021 Northern Ireland Open Qualifiers,” according to a statement from the World Snooker Tour.

“It was claimed that Mr Lines had a beef with Mr Xiao because of incidents during the match.

“Mr Lines confronted Mr Xiao in the Players Lounge at the venue after the match, accusing him of cheating and swearing at him.”


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