Gary Wilson throws cue and fumes at opponent’s toilet breaks in tense UK Championship qualifier

November 9, 2022
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Snooker star Gary Wilson threw his cue in anger and fumed at his opponent's frequent toilet breaks during his surprise UK Championship exit.

Wilson, a former World Championship semi-finalist, was defeated 6-4 in his third round qualifying match by rookie Andres Petrov - the first ever Estonian pro snooker player. Nicknamed the 'Tyneside Terror', Wilson lost his temper in a match littered with controversy at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

He first vented frustration when Petrov potted a fluke pink with a 'triple' after going for the double in a tense fifth frame that went down to the pink and black. Petrov put out his hand to apologise for his fortune, but an angered Wilson threw his cue to the ground before taking his seat.

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The drama was not done there after Wilson conceded the sixth frame as Petrov extended his lead to 5-1. Petrov headed out of the arena after the frame, but Wilson was unhappy at his opponent taking another toilet break.

After initially going back to his seat, an irked Wilson remonstrated with the referee over the frequency of Petrov's toilet visits. "He doesn't need the toilet," he insisted. "He's been the first frame, he's been the first frame after the interval and he just went again there now - he doesn't need the toilet."

A fired-up Wilson fought his way back into the match to trail 5-4, but Petrov eventually edged out the 37-year-old to set up a match against Chinese star Xiao Guodong for a place at the UK Championship.

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After the match, Wilson's comments sparked a debate in the snooker community over whether there should be a limit on the amount of toilet breaks that can be taken.

Petrov weighed on the debate over proposed new rules, appearing to fire a shot at Wilson's refusal to concede frames that were way beyond his reach. "What rule should be for coming every frame to play needing 5-6 snookers?" the Estonian tweeted. "Took way more time than my toilets."

The UK Championship gets underway at the Barbican in York on Saturday, with world no.1 Ronnie O'Sullivan favourite to take the £250,000 first prize.

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