‘A lot of players agree with him… I stand by everything he said’: Snooker world No 1 Mark Selby BACKS Shaun Murphy’s rant that amateurs should not be allowed in professional tournaments after he LOST to one in the UK Championship! 

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  • Sean Murphy was defeated 6-5 by amateur Si Jiahui at the UK Championships
  • 128 . Jiahui was allowed through a ‘top-up’ system to create an area of
  • Murphy argued after the match that amateurs should not be allowed to play in professional tournaments because they do not play under equal pressure.
  • Mark Selby agrees, saying places on the professional tour must be earned

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Current snooker world champion and No. 1 player Mark Selby agrees with 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 by 19-year-old amateur Si Jiahui following his first-round elimination at the UK Championships.

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The World Snooker Tour allows players such as C to enter the UK Championship through a ‘top-up’ system, allowing amateur slots to be filled if 128 professionals are not available. The same system is used in other tournaments as well.

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Shaun Murphy was not happy with the first round loss of the UK Championships this week

Mark Selby throws his weight behind Murphy

Mark Selby throws his weight behind Murphy

Murphy argued that this creates an unfair advantage because amateurs are ‘not playing with equal pressure’ – and Selby agrees.

The four-time world champion said, ‘I think a lot of players agree with him bbc sport, ‘Since [Shaun] After he lost, he said, “People probably think it’s sour grapes and if he had won he wouldn’t have said so – but I totally stand by what he says.”

‘There’s a reason there’s a Q. Is [qualifying] school to try to advance [the professional tour]And if you don’t progress, you will have to wait another year and play amateur events.’

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

They told bbc sport:’ I texted [Jason] ferguson [World Snooker chairman] Saying the other day: “If you’re going to top-up stop every tournament top-up”. How is this fair? There is no pressure and they are moving freely.

Murphy said angrily after his defeat bbc radio 5 live: ‘I feel so hard I’ve lost someone who shouldn’t even be in the building.

‘I don’t know why we as a sport allow amateur players to compete in professional tournaments. This is our livelihood. This is our life. We are self employed individuals and not contract players. We don’t play for a team.

19-year-old Si Jiahui registers memorable win over former world champion Murphy

19-year-old Si Jiahui registers memorable win over former world champion Murphy

‘The other runners and riders in the tournament, this is their livelihood as well. In my opinion, it is wrong to approach someone who is not playing with the same pressures and concerns as me.

‘He played like a man who doesn’t care in the world, because he doesn’t care in the world. It’s not fair, it’s not right. Amateurs should not be allowed in professional tournaments, end.

‘This is our livelihood. This is how I put food on the table. This is how I make money. Since turning professional at the age of 15, I have earned the right to call myself a professional snooker player. He hasn’t done so. He should not be on the table.’

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