Mark Williams is safely by to the second spherical of the World Championship, however he’s removed from impressed with the ‘appalling’ treatment he has acquired from World Snooker.
The reigning and defending world champion beat Martin Gould 10-7 on Saturday night, however some backstage points have been bothering the Welshman.
On Friday, Williams tweeted his displeasure at being a peripheral determine in promotional photos for the World Championship, and he was riled up once more by the game’s governing physique on Saturday.
The 44-year-old claims his son Kian was not allowed to see him in his dressing room earlier than his match with Gould as he didn’t have the suitable go, which Williams described as ‘pathetic.’
@WorldSnooker stopped my boy KIAN from coming into my dressing room earlier than my match to want me luck and a excessive 5 as a result of I used my 2 passes up and might’t have one other . PATHETIC 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
— MARK WILLIAMS M.B.E (@markwil147) April 20, 2019
‘I’ve had enough of World Snooker to be trustworthy,’ Williams informed Eurosport. ‘The way I feel I’ve been handled for 12 months is simply appalling, in my view, and right this moment simply rounded it off.
‘My boy come in and they wouldn’t let him in with a go as a result of I already had two passes.
‘My Mrs simply mentioned, “can he just run into the changing room, wish me best of luck and give me a high five?” They refused, simply left him outdoors.
‘I had to come out and go to the Betfred Lounge and see he was alright, it’s simply unbelievable.
‘They all know what’s been happening, if the following world champion will get handled the identical as me then I really feel sorry for them.’
Spot the present world champion 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀 pic.twitter.com/OF5q6QptoM
— MARK WILLIAMS M.B.E (@markwil147) April 19, 2019
Eurosport pundit and former world quantity three, Neal Foulds, described the scenario as ‘unfortunate.’
‘He’s had a humorous day, Mark. It sounds to me within the final couple of days, issues behind the scenes have put his nostril out of joint.
‘He’s not on the image correctly, his son has not been allowed in to want him good luck as a result of he didn’t have enough passes, which all appears a bit unlucky.’
It’s not the primary time Williams has complained a few lack of respect from the governing physique, nevertheless World Snooker have denied any type of bias in opposition to the world champion.
A spokesman informed The Solar on Friday: ‘We love Mark Williams, he’s an amazing champion. We wish to see the most effective participant win. We’re conscious of the problems he has raised however there isn’t a bias.’
Williams returns to motion on the Crucible on Friday in opposition to both David Gilbert or Joe Perry within the second spherical.