Allen sent packing by Fu

  • Last Updated: December 10 2012, 9:21 GMT

Mark Allen suffered a sore first-round defeat as Hong Kong's Marco Fu knocked the Northern Irishman out of the williamhill.com UK Championship.

Mark Allen: Ousted by Fu

Allen predicted he would win if Fu decided it was a "grudge match", following comments made by the man from Antrim during the World Championship in April when he claimed his opponent had cheated in the past.

There appeared little animosity between the pair as they shook hands following Fu's 6-3 victory at York's Barbican Centre.

But on a day when it emerged the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) had written to Allen to ask him to explain his comments of last Wednesday, when he reiterated that he believed Fu had cheated in the past, it was a tough loss for the world number eight.

Allen's timing in repeating his view about Fu was unfortunate, as it came a day before the six-month probationary period on a suspended three-month ban was due to expire.

Fu has denied ever cheating and has never been found guilty of any related offence.

And on Sunday night Fu night insisted he did not want Allen to be banned. The Northern Irishman does not expect to face punishment.

Asked whether he anticipated a fresh charge, Allen said: "No, I don't."

Allen said he had sought out WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson to discuss the comments he made in an interview last week, believing he had been misrepresented.

He added: "I'm pretty happy where I stand with Jason and Jason's pretty happy with where I stand in the game so I don't think I have any problems."

Allen said of his loss: "I'm obviously disappointed to go out of such a tournament so early but I just got completely outplayed.

"Marco started really well and I never really recovered. If he plays like that he's got a chance of winning the tournament."

Asked about the situation with Fu, and whether there was any "grudge" aspect, Allen added: "It was just another match. We've both moved on. People make mistakes and I make mistakes like anyone else. It's just one of those things."

When asked last Wednesday about his "cheating" claims, Allen said: "It was a comment that I still stand by.

"I'd never said anything about Marco as a person. Marco as a person is one of the nicest people you'd ever meet.

"Obviously people make mistakes on the table. But aside from that, Marco is a great snooker player."

In Sunday night's other match, Stuart Bingham scored a resounding 6-2 win this evening against 21-year-old Jack Lisowski to set up a second-round match against Stephen Maguire.


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