HAIKOU World Open winner Mark Allen has been fined £10,000 and been threatened with suspension after accusing his fellow professional players of cheating.
The Northern Ireland potter stunned the world of snooker after his shock World Championship first round defeat to China’s Cao Yupeng when he accused his opponent and fellow Chinese players of not admitting to making fouls during his post match press conference.
He said to the world’s media on Sunday April 22: “It seems to be a bit of a trait for the Chinese players, there have been a few instances in the past where there has been fouls and blatant cheating going on, and it needs to be corrected. He’s a good enough player he doesn’t have to do that.”
Allen publicly apologised over his words days later but World Snooker have issued him with the five-figure fine and he has been ordered to pay £1,000 costs.
In addition, World Snooker have told the world number 12 he faces a three month suspension from the game if he breaches another clause of his contract in the next six months. Allen will also undergo a media training programme.
A statement from the WPBSA reads: “The Disciplinary Committee of the WPBSA has formally considered the case of Mark Allen in relation to his comments in a press conference on Sunday 22nd April 2012 following his defeat in the Betfred.com World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
“In this conference he accused his opponent Cao Yupeng of cheating and said that cheating appeared to be a trait of Chinese players. He named two other Chinese players as being known for cheating.
“This follows on from a previous case where Mark was fined £1,000 and warned as to his future conduct for comments he made about China and the Chinese people on Twitter.
“The WPBSA Disciplinary Committee consider that this behaviour is unacceptable and offensive to China and the Chinese players. Such behaviour will not be tolerated by the WPBSA.”