Mark Selby SUPPORTS Shaun Murphy’s claim after shocking British Championship exit

“A lot of players agree with him… I totally support everything he said”: World No. 1 snooker Mark Selby supports Shaun Murphy’s claim that amateurs should not be allowed in professional tournaments after his shocking exit from the British championship

  • Shaun Murphy was beaten 6-5 by amateur Si Jiahui in the British Championship
  • Jiahui was allowed to enter via the “reloading” system to form the platoon of 128
  • Murphy argued after the game that amateurs shouldn’t be allowed to play in professional tournaments because they don’t play under the same pressure.
  • Mark Selby agrees, saying seats on the professional tour should be won











Reigning World Snooker Champion and Number One Player Mark Selby shares Shaun Murphy’s view that amateurs should not be allowed to play in professional tournaments.

World No.6 Murphy made headlines on Wednesday after an extraordinary rant following his first round knockout of the UK Championship by 19-year-old amateur Si Jiahui.

The World Snooker Tour has allowed players like Si to enter the UK Championship via the ‘reload’ system, whereby if 128 professionals are not available, amateurs can fill the slots. The same system is also used in other tournaments.

Shaun Murphy was not happy after his first round loss at the UK Championship this week

Shaun Murphy was not happy after his first round loss at the UK Championship this week

Mark Selby threw his weight behind Murphy

Mark Selby threw his weight behind Murphy

Murphy argued that this creates an unfair advantage because amateurs “don’t play with the same pressures” – and Selby agrees.

“I think a lot of players agree with him,” said the four-time world champion BBC Sports. ‘Because [Shaun] said it after losing, people probably think they are sour grapes and he wouldn’t have said it if he had won – but I totally support everything he said.

‘There’s a reason there’s a Q [qualifying] School to try to continue [the professional tour], and if you don’t get along, you’ll have to wait another year and play in amateur events. ‘

Three-time world champion Mark Williams also agrees with Murphy.

He said BBC Sports: ‘I sent a text [Jason] Ferguson [World Snooker chairman] the other day saying, “If you want to have refills, stop the refills at every tournament.” How is that fair? There is no pressure and they roll freely.

After his loss, Murphy said angrily BBC Radio 5 Live: “I feel extremely hard because I lost to someone who shouldn’t even be in the building.

“I don’t know why, as a sport, we allow amateurs to participate in professional tournaments. It is our livelihood. It’s our life. We are independent and not approved sportsmen. We are not playing for a team.

19-year-old Si Jiahui scored a memorable victory over former world champion Murphy

19-year-old Si Jiahui scored a memorable victory over former world champion Murphy

“The other riders and riders in the tournament are also their livelihood. It is wrong, in my opinion, to run into someone who does not play with the same pressures and the same concerns as me.

“He played like a man who doesn’t care about the world, because he doesn’t care about the world. It is not fair, it is not fair. Amateurs should not be allowed in professional tournaments, late.

‘It’s our livelihood. This is how I put food on the table. This is how I make money. Since turning pro at 15, I have earned the right to qualify as a professional snooker player. He did not do it. It shouldn’t be on the table.

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