Williams fined £3,000 for Twitter outburst

TWO-TIMES world champion Mark Williams has been fined by World Snooker for making derogatory comments about The Crucible Theatre.

On the eve of this year’s World Snooker Championship the Welshman blasted the host venue in Sheffield on social networking site Twitter.

He wrote on his Twitter page on April 21: “World ­Championships just around the corner. Shame its played in the crucible, sh**hole, hopefully it will be in China soon. Rubbish, rather play in Pontins. Overhyped is correct.

“It’s only my opinion about the Crucible WSA so don’t send me any letters or fines.”

Because of the tweets, Williams then received boos from the Crucible crowd prior to his opening match against Liu Chuang.

Williams was fined £3,000 for breaching the sport’s code of conduct and was ordered to pay £1,00 towards the cost of the hearing.

A statement from World Snooker reads: “The WPBSA Disciplinary Committee consider that Mark’s Twitter remarks were unacceptable and potentially highly damaging to snooker’s long relationship with Sheffield and the Crucible Theatre.”

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