Mark Williams has gotten involved in a row with snooker chiefs after the Welshman slated the Crucible Theatre, the venue for the sport’s world championship.
The two-time world champion (2000 and 2003) launched a stinging attack on the world renowned venue and said he hoped the tournament would be held in China in the future.
Chairman of World Snooker; Barry Hearn quickly responded by saying Sheffield, home to the World Championship since 1977, was now ‘Snooker City’ and he also hailed the atmosphere generated in the Crucible as being “unique and magical.”
Hearn said that there was no desire on his behalf to take the tournament overseas. It is believed Williams could be fined as disciplinary chiefs at the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association look into his criticisms.
Williams, aged 37, slated the 928 capacity venue in a series of foul-mouthed comments on Twitter, one of which stated: “World Championships just around the corner. Shame it’s played in the Crucible sh*t hole. Hopefully it will be in China soon.”