Mark Allen fined for Chinese comments

Updated: June 13, 2012

Antrim’s Mark Allen has been given a £10,000 fine and been given a three-month provisional suspension for comments he made about his Chinese opponent Cao Yupeng after his elimination from the Snooker World Championship at the Crucible in April.

The Northern Irishman accused his Chinese opponent of being dishonest and also claimed that this seemed to be a trait of Chinese people.

Allen was previously given a £1,000 fine for comments he made about the Chinese on Twitter back in March and warned about his future conduct.

The 26 year-old will still be able to play as the ban is provisional and will only come into affect if he commits another offence in the next six months.

Allen has subsequently apologised for his remarks which breach a number of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), including rules regarding discrimination and conduct, as well as bringing the game into disrepute.
The WPBSA insisted that discriminatory behaviour would not be accepted and have confirmed that Allen will be instructed to undergo media training; the Ulsterman has also previously been fined £250 for swearing during a press conference in December.

Allen has since admitted through a statement realised by his management company that he needs to clean up his act and also apologised to his opponent who he aimed at accusations at.

“Having taken some time to reflect on my comments I can appreciate that I overstepped the line at a time when I was heavily influenced by the emotions of a disappointing defeat”, Allen’s statement read.

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Cao Yupeng if he felt that my comments were insinuating he were a cheat.”

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