ULSTERMAN Mark Allen cooked up a storm by branding Cao Yupeng a cheat after crashing out to the Chinese qualifier at this year’s Betfred.com World Championship.
Former Crucible semi-finalist Allen was upset 10-6 by Yupeng in their first round meeting in Sheffield.
Behind 5-4 Allen had no doubt Yupeng fouled on a break of eight in the tenth frame - and was left incensed when his opponent went on take advantage to win the frame. “The big turning point was at 5-4 when he [Cao] was in the balls and Paul Collier, the referee, missed a blatant push. It was quite obvious to me and anyone who was watching at home would have been able to see it no problem. If the referee rightfully called a foul there I’d have had a good chance of going to 5-5 and the match would have been different, but he went on to pull away to 7-4. That was massive.
“It seems to be a bit of a trait for the Chinese players because they’re have been a few instances in the past, of fouls and blatant cheating going on. It needs to be corrected.
“It’s very, very sad the state of snooker if it has to go down to that, but it’s not the first time. Marco Fu and Liang Wenbo have been known for it in the past, so maybe it’s just the Chinese players.”
Yupeng, the world No 81, who won four matches in qualifying was left bemused and angry by Allen’s comments. “I didn’t realise I did anything wrong or touched the ball twice. If I thought that, I would have said,” said Yupeng. “But if I don’t think that after looking at it, I will be very angry and upset about what Mark Allen has said.”