Robert Milkins has been fined £7,000 including costs for ‘extreme drunken behaviour’ at this year’s inaugural Turkish Masters.
The star, who hails from Gloucester, saw his birthday bender go off the rails as he ended up in an Antalya hospital with a cut face while his stomach was also pumped. Milkins was very drunk when he turned up at the glamorous event ahead of the first ranking event to be staged in Turkey.
Milkins was involved in an altercation with guests at the five-star Nirvana Cosmopolitan hotel on the Mediterranean coast. As WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson attempted to help him, the Milkman fell into the men’s toilets.
He split his chin open as a result and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Shortly after the tournament, the World No.27 went on to win the first ranking title of his career at the Gibraltar Open.
Following that win in March, Milkins admitted his mental health had deteriorated after a number of private family issues. The 46-year-old issued a heartfelt apology to both the authorities and the Turkish event hosts at the time, and revealed he had been receiving counselling following events in March.
Prior to the Turkish Masters, Milkins had won just £10,000 all season which left him in concerned over how he would pay any potential fine. However, his monumental win in Gibraltar saw him take home £50,000 while he added another £15,000 to that by almost qualifying for the World Championships at the iconic Crucible venue.
“I drank far too much, and something happened,” Milkins said at the time. “I genuinely don’t know exactly what and cannot remember details - I was in a state where I didn’t know where I was.
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“It was my birthday and I had been drinking for a long time but that is no excuse and I know that. I don’t know why, I did all this when I was in my 20s.
“I don’t remember what happened with the hotel guests or Jason Ferguson – none of it. I can only apologise to any guests I offended that night. I wouldn’t have known who it was. And I have apologised to the organisers and the hotel. It is the first time snooker has come to Turkey and my behaviour was totally out of order.
“When I got to the toilet I lost my legs and think I hit my chin on the sink or the ground, cutting it open. I was almost knocked out, and I’m pretty sure I have broken ribs. If I had my stomach pumped I don’t remember that either. And Jimmy Robertson, who I was sharing with, brought me back.
“It was touch and go whether or not I would be thrown out of the tournament before I even played my match. I told them I didn’t really want to be here after what happened. I love it in Turkey, I have been on holiday here before and I just hope they let me back and didn’t come here looking to upset anyone.
“I can understand why people are embarrassed and concerned and I will have to take whatever punishment I receive. It won’t be happening again, anyway. I don’t care about myself these days, I only play to try and support my kids at the moment. And I have let them down as well, which is the worst and most important bit.”