Shaun Murphy Out Of UK Snooker Championship But John Higgins And Kyren Wilson Are In

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After losing 6-5 to China’s Si Jiahui in the first round of the UK Championship in York, Shaun Murphy claimed “amateurs should not be allowed in professional competitions.”

After falling 5-1 behind, Murphy, the 2008 UK champion, forced a deciding frame, but Si, a 19-year-old amateur, retained his cool to win.

“I am going to sound like a grumpy old man but that young man shouldn’t be in the tournament,” said Murphy.

Murphy, who had been defeated by Mark Selby in the World Championship final earlier this year, fought back by winning four frames in a row – but a missed blue off the penultimate red cost him the match, which ended about midnight.

“I feel terribly hard done by that I have lost to someone who shouldn’t even be in the building,” an enraged Murphy told BBC Radio 5 Live afterward.

“I don’t know why we as a sport allow amateurs to compete in professional tournaments. This is our livelihood. This is our living. We are self-employed individuals and not contracted sportsmen. We don’t play for a team.

Source: BBC Sport

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